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Rangers Reduce Magic Number To Two, Crush A's 10-3

(Sports Network) - Vladimir Guerrero homered and drove in four runs as the Rangers moved ever closer to a coveted AL West crown with a thorough 10-3 win over second-place Oakland at the Coliseum.

Jeff Francoeur had three hits, two RBI and scored twice and Julio Borbon added a pair of hits with two driven in for Texas, which bounced back from a loss in the opener of this four-game set to cut its magic number to two over the Athletics.

Texas is searching for its first playoff berth in 11 years since claiming a division title back in 1999.

Tommy Hunter (13-4) went only 5 1/3 innings, but limited the A's to one run and six hits to win for the first time in four starts.

Oakland's Bobby Cramer (2-1) received his first big-league loss for allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings. Jeremy Hermida went 4-for-4 with an RBI in the loss, the second in three games for the A's.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.