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Rangers snap 5-game losing streak

VICENTE Padilla won his pitching duel with Dan Haren to help the Texas Rangers snap a five-game losing streak with a gritty 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

The Rangers right-hander worked his way through seven innings to win his third successive decision, while Haren posted his first loss after eight straight victories in interleague play despite striking out eight and allowing a miserly four hits.

"Having five losses in a row, getting the win is the best thing that could happen for us," Padilla told reporters after lowering his ERA to 2.16 over his last four starts. "I've been working a lot and working hard, and it pays off."

Taylor Teagarden and David Murphy made it 2-0 with RBI hits in the second and third innings respectively as the Rangers (38-32) kept pace in the American League West, where they are tied at the top with the Los Angeles Angels.

Felipe Lopez was 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the fifth for the D-Backs (30-42), who finished just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew led off the eighth with a double but Rangers reliever Frank Francisco got three straight outs before C.J. Wilson came on to close out the game in the ninth.

Haren lost for the first time since May 12, a span of seven starts, and fell to 11-3 in interleague competition where he has been almost unbeatable.

It was a much needed win for the Rangers, who have struggled offensively of late with slugger Josh Hamilton sidelined because of an abdominal injury.

Padilla delivered a timely performance - 109 pitches and three strikeouts. He walked two batters while squeezing out of a few jams to limit the D-Backs to just one run.

"(This is) exactly what we needed," said Texas outfielder Marlon Byrd. "When a team is slumping a bit, you needed your best pitchers to go out and do what he did. We don't have to bang out seven or 10 runs - we just need to score more than the other team."

In Milwaukee, Jason Kendall hit a two-out double in the eighth inning tie the game before scoring the winner on the same play in the Brewers' 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The Brewers, who had lost 10 of 14, snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.

In Anaheim, California, Vladimir Guerrero ended a 28-game home run drought and had three RBIs, and Bobby Abreu drove in three runs with a homer and a double as the Angels beat Colorado 11-3.

In Oakland, California, Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer to help Randy Johnson earn career victory No. 302 as San Francisco beat Oakland 6-3.

Aaron Rowand added an RBI double and the Giants captured the season series with Oakland for the first time since 2001 with their second straight winning road series.

In other action, it was: Mariners 4, Padres 3; Red Sox 6, Nationals 4; Tigers 5, Cubs 3; White Sox 10, Dodgers 7; Yankees 8, Braves 4; Pirates 10, Indians 6; Blue Jays 8, Reds 2; Rays 7, Phillies 1; Royals 4, Astros 3, 11 innings; Marlins 5, Orioles 2

In the National League, the New York Mets outplayed the St Louis Cardinals 11-0.


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