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Mitch Moreland has tying 2-run homer, helps Rangers rally

By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Delino DeShields hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth four batters after Mitch Moreland connected for a tying two-run homer, and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-6 on Tuesday night to increase their lead in the AL West.

Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5) pitched two scoreless innings for the win in relief of starter Martin Perez as the Rangers moved two games ahead of Houston after the Astros lost 4-3 at home to the Angels.

DeShields hit another sacrifice fly in the eighth, while Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre hit consecutive sacrifice flies in the fifth to aid the Texas comeback.

Jake Smolinski and Marcus Semien hit back-to-back RBI triples in the second to give the A's 40 on the season, tying the Oakland record set in 1968.

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