Leonys Martin hit a three-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and the Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-3 on Wednesday night, a victory they needed just to keep pace while chasing in the AL wild-card race.
''We put ourselves in this position. We have to win the games, we've got to get help from someone else,'' Kinsler said. ''The best we can do is win four more games.''
The Astros lost their 12th in a row and set a team record with their 108th of the season. The Rangers completed a three-game sweep and finished 17-2 with 11 straight wins against their instate rival.
''It's one of those things where we want to win, but we have to take account of what we've done,'' first-year Astros manager Bo Porter said. ''Nobody's going to feel sorry for us.''
The Rangers remained a game behind Cleveland for the AL's second wild-card spot - Tampa Bay is a game ahead of the Indians. Texas has four games left in the regular season, with the series opener at home against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.