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70-62 - Resilient Rangers take series from Padres, move to within 2 of Houston

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Texas had all of Ian Kennedy that they could handle so they waited until they got to the Padre bullpen to put together a win

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Ian Kennedy went all Alfredo Simon/Mike Pelfrey on the Rangers (with a career high 12 Ks) through seven innings and it looked like Texas would squander a chance to move to within two games of Houston tonight as they trailed 3-2.

These are the #nevereverquit Rangers, however, so they were able to get to the San Diego bullpen for a run off former Ranger Joaquin Benoit in the 8th to tie the game and scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a Mitch Moreland double off of Bud Norris to plate Elvis Andrus.

Sam Dyson allowed Shawn Tolleson the night off as he picked up a two-inning save win and continued to be a great addition.

Texas has won its 70th game of the season and is only behind the Astros -- who lost tonight against the Mariners -- by a game in the loss column.

Player of the Game: Chris Gimenez hit another home run. Here's a thing I noticed:

Obviously Gimenez is better than the reigning American League MVP.