Rangers clinch AL West with win against Athletics

By Alec Brzezinski 24 September 2016 66
Rangers clinch AL West with win against Athletics

The Texas Rangers clinched the American League (AL) West on Friday after beating the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on the road.

Cole Hamels led the way by tossing seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts to improve to 15-5 this season.

He was pitted in a difficult pitcher's duel early, as Kendall Graveman took a perfect game into the seventh inning, but the Rangers' bats came alive to score all three of their runs in that inning.

Carlos Gomez broke up the perfect game with a single, then Adrian Beltre hit a home run later in the inning to seal the deal.

Texas, who have now won back-to-back division titles, have been crowned champions out west in four of the last seven seasons. 

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