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Perez wins 7th in a row; Rangers rally to beat Yankees 11-5

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Martin Perez won his seventh straight start after the playoff-hopeful Texas Rangers rallied from an early four-run deficit and beat the AL wild card-leading New York Yankees 11-5 on Friday night.

Elvis Andrus had three hits, including the tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth that put the Rangers up 7-5.

Perez (12-10) became the first Rangers pitcher to win seven straight starts since Kenny Rogers set the club record in 2005 with eight in a row. The left-hander allowed five runs, only two earned, while giving up eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Nomar Mazara homered for Texas (71-69), which stayed within 2 1/2 games of Minnesota for the AL's second wild card. The Twins won at Kansas City to move within 1 1/2 games of New York (75-65).

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