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PHOENIX (AP) -- Vicente Padilla pitched seven sharp innings and the Texas Rangers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 last night to snap a five-game losing streak.
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 (6-3) 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 (6-5) 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.
In his 116-pitch outing, Haren retired the last 11 batters he faced, gave up four hits, walked one and struck out eight.