Kinsler Goes Yard, Joins 30-30 Club

Rangers win keep slim playoff hopes alive

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    Ian Kinsler hit his 30th home run in a Friday night win against Tampa Bay.

    Ian Kinsler homered to become a 30-30 player for the first time, Julio Borbon had three hits and the Texas Rangers clung to their slim playoff hopes, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 on Friday night.

    Kinsler is the third second baseman in major league history with 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in a season. Alfonso Soriano, who has done it three times, and Brandon Phillips are the others.

    His 30th homer was a three-run shot in the eighth that put Texas up 8-3. Kinsler stole his 30th base Thursday.

    The Rangers trail Los Angeles by 6½ games in the AL West. The Angels, whose magic number is four, hosted Oakland on Friday night.

    Texas moved within 7½ games of Boston, which played the New York Yankees on Friday, in the wild card.