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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rougned Odor and the Texas Rangers are running away with the AL West, even though the Houston Astros keep trying to hang around.The fiery second baseman homered for the third straight game in a seven-run fourth inning, Carlos Gomez had two hits in his first game against his former team and the Rangers held on for a 10-8 victory over the Astros on Friday night.The Rangers nearly squandered a seven-run lead but won their sixth straight to push their AL West advantage to 9 1/2 games over the second-place Astros.Houston lost the first of 13 straight games against division leaders to start September, six of those against Texas. The Rangers are 12-2 against their in-state rivals this season and have won 20 of the past 24 meetings.Weve still got another month, man, shortstop Elvis Andrus said. As bad as its going to sound, you dont want to smell it yet. You want to keep pushing and keep creating space.Odors team-leading 28th home run was one of three in the fourth inning against Doug Fister (12-10), who came out after Jonathan Lucroy followed Odors shot to right with a line drive just over the 14-foot wall in left for a 9-2 lead.The 22-year-old has four homers in three games -- the first three in the last two games of a sweep of Seattle that essentially ended the Mariners hopes in the division race.Alex Bregman had a solo homer and a two-run triple but popped out to end the eighth with two runners on after the Astros had pulled within two.It was definitely a tale of a couple different games, Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. Our guys arent going to fold up and call it a game. But just not enough.Gomez, dumped by the Astros early last month barely a year after they acquired the underperforming two-time All-Star, reached in his first three plate appearances on a double, single and walk and scored three runs.A.J. Griffin (7-3) improved to 5-0 in his career against Houston, allowing three hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings.Sam Dyson pitched a perfect ninth for his 31st save after five other relievers combined to allow five runs -- four earned -- on four hits with three walks.Thats a young group over there (and) theyre going to continue to fight, Texas manager Jeff Banister said of the Astros. Was it pretty? No, but we got the job done.Carlos Beltran homered in the fourth, his 26th overall and fourth since coming to the Rangers from the New York Yankees at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. He had three RBI.Fister allowed season highs in hits (10), runs (eight) and earned runs (seven).WHERES THE BALL?The Rangers pulled even at 2 in the second by scoring two runs on a bouncer to third by Andrus. First baseman A.J. Reed caught Bregmans high throw as Lucroy scored but didnt realize the ball was knocked out of his glove on the tag as Andrus ran by him, allowing Gomez to score.TRAINERS ROOMAstros: 1B Marwin Gonzalez was day to day after leaving the previous game with discomfort in his right hamstring. A similar problem sidelined him for several games a month ago.Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis (right lat strain) will make the trip to Seattle and pitch Monday for Class A Spokane at Everett, near Seattle. He could return to the rotation after what will be his third rehab outing.UP NEXTAstros: Rookie RHP Joe Musgrove (2-2, 4.36 ERA) allowed one run in seven innings against Texas in his first big league start Aug. 7, five days after his debut in relief. Hes been in the rotation since then.Rangers: LHP Derek Holland (6-6, 4.68) is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts since returning from a stint on the 60-day disabled list because of left shoulder inflammation.Authentic Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap . 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I think that we all saw the Canucks/Flames line brawl just after puck drop. It was obvious that something was about to happen, even to the referees because the fourth lines were on to start.ATLANTA -- Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was borderline disgusted after watching his team commit nine turnovers in the first quarter.It didnt take long for Budenholzer to get the results he wanted as Atlanta had just seven turnovers over the last three periods.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points, Kent Bazemore added 17 and the Hawks won their fourth straight game with a 117-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.It was like were handing them the ball and theyre going and scoring, Budenholzer said. Credit our guys to kind of flip that and just still play with great ball movement and great confidence and reduce the turnovers.Dwight Howard, the NBAs active leader in double-doubles, had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks.Jahlil Okafor finished with 18 points for the Sixers, who dropped to 1-8 a night after earning their first win.Despite playing with a depleted roster, Philadelphia was within two with 3:50 left in the third. But Howards follow dunk gave the Hawks an 84-74 lead and Kyle Korvers 3-pointer on the ensuing possession matched the 10-point advantage in the closing minutes of the period.Hardaway hit 3s on consecutive possessions midway through the fourth to give Atlanta a 14-point lead. Dennis Schroders corner 3 made it 108-89 with 3:17 remaining.Schroder finished with 16 points and Korver had 14.We really just couldnt hold on, Sixers coach Brett Brown said. We have to do whatever we do by committee and we just didnt do that. They historically have been a hard matchup for us.The injury-marred Sixers were without center Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jerryd Bayless and Nerlens Noel.Okafor, who had offseason knee surgery and played just three minutes Friday, was on a 24-minute limit. Embiid was sitting out the second night of the back-to-back.Philadelphia dropped to 1-45 in October and November dating to Nov. 22, 2013. The Sixers have dropped 19 straight on the road.The Hawks took their first double-digit lead on Bazemores 3 in the closing seconds beefore halftime.ddddddddddddOn the turnovers, they were able to get some easy baskets, Korver said. Its been a problem for us all year. Its something we have to clean up. Coach Bud wants us to play free and to make things happen. He doesnt want to take that away, but we have to be better, and thats what he tells us.Sergio Rodriguez had 13 points for Philadelphia. Dario Saric and Nik Stauskas each added 12. Robert Covington scored all of his 11 points in the third.We made the run that allowed us to get back in the game, Covington said. We have to sustain that. I know were short-handed but thats part of the situation well be in.TIP-INS76ers: Embiid had 25 points in Fridays overtime win over Indiana, but the 7-foot, 275-pound center isnt playing both nights of back-to-back games in his rookie season after the No. 3 overall pick in 2014 had to sit out two years with right foot injuries.Hawks: Atlanta began the night ranked second in field-goal percentage, third in assists, first in turnovers forced, second in points off turnovers and seventh in rebounding. ... They ranked 24th in rebounding last season, but the presence of Howard, the NBAs active leader in career rebounds, has paid off in his first Hawks season.ITS NOT EASYBudenholzer and Brown both took charge of their teams in 2013 after spending nine seasons together as San Antonio assistants.Budenholzer feels for Brown, whose teams have struggled with a staggering number of high-profile injuries.I genuinely marvel at him to be honest with you, Budenholzer said. What he does I dont think many people could do.Budenholzer is 153-102 with the Hawks with three playoff appearances. Brown is 48-207 and has the most losses in Sixers history.STAR TIMEActors Jason Bateman and model Jasmine Sanders had front-row seats at center court.UP NEXTSixers: Visit Houston on Monday.Hawks: Visit Miami on Tuesday. ' ' '

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