PHOENIX (AP) - Vicente Padilla pitched seven sharp innings, Taylor Teagarden and David Murphy drove in a run each and the Texas Rangers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 to snap a five-game
The Rangers entered tied for first in the AL West with the Los Angeles Angels, and were in danger of dropping out of first place for the first time since May 5.
Padilla's record is 6-3. He allowed one run and six hits, walked two and struck out three. Padilla, who broke in with Arizona in 1999, has won five of his last six decisions.
Chris Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
Arizona's Dan Haren stands at 6-5. He allowed two runs in seven innings but lost for the first time since May 12, a span of seven starts.
For Haren, the game evoked memories of early in the season, when he received scant run support.
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the second. Haren hit the first batter, Marlon Byrd, then walked Hank Blalock.
After Brandon Boggs struck out, Teagarden, hitting .228, doubled down the left field line to score Byrd.
-- Also --
-- Rangers SS Omar Vizquel will likely play today. He has 2,677 hits, tied with Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio for the all-time record for a native of Venezuela.
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