The Texas Ranger's seven game losing streak has finally come to an end as they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays last night with a final score of 7-1.  The win brings them back tied with the Rays in the race for the top American League wildcard position and a half game ahead of the Cleveland Indians for the final wildcard spot.

Ian Kinsler got the bats going early as he homered on the first pitch of the game off of Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.  That run was the first time that Texas' has held a lead for over 63 innings.  Kinsler had this to say about the win, "it's definitely a big win.  It's not something we're just going to push aside. Given the circumstances, it was a big win. Now we need to build off it and come back tomorrow and be ready to win."  Leonys Martin also had a big night for the Rangers as he went 3-for-4 with a home run,  two doubles and three runs scored.

Al Messerschmidt, Getty Images
Al Messerschmidt, Getty Images

The Rangers sent Alexi Ogando (Pictured on the right) to the mound last night as he had not won a start in more than a month.  He would break that trend however and earn that win as he went five innings while giving up just one run on two hits.  Ogando says, "I had a little bump ... but I think I'm back where I was early in the season.  It's been a while since I had a really good feeling about my pitches."

Manager Ron Washington and company can not relax however as they are still in a heated race to claim the AL wildcard spots.  They will try and help out that cause tonight as they continue their series with Rays.  First pitch for that game is set for 6:10 pm from Tropicana Field in Tampa and can be seen on FOX Sports SW.

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