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MLB: Texas 12, Houston 0

Sept. 24, 2013 at 12:16 AM   |   Comments

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Alex Rios hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with four RBI, and the Texas Rangers helped their post-season chances with a 12-0 rout of Houston Monday.

Rios struck an RBI double in the first inning, singled in the third, belted a solo homer in the fourth and capped the cycle with a run-scoring triple in the sixth, becoming the eighth player in Rangers history to pull off the feat.

Leonys Martin contributed a bases-clearing double and Elvis Andrus went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Rangers, who pulled within one game of idle Cleveland for the second American League wild-card spot with six games to play.

Derek Holland (10-9) tossed his seventh career shutout, blanking the Astros on six hits. He issued one walk and struck out nine in the 113-pitch effort.

Jordan Lyles (7-9) was lit up for seven runs on seven hits in a three-inning stint as the reeling Astros dropped a 10th straight.

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