Cruz powers Rangers past Cards

4:52 AM, Jun 23, 2013   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Nelson Cruz clubbed a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers received seven strong innings from Martin Perez in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cruz's two-run ninth inning single vaulted Texas to a 6-4 victory in the opener of this three-game interleague set, and his homer on Saturday snapped a tie game in the third inning.

Perez (1-1) then carried the Rangers from there.

Recalled from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day to make his eighth career start, the left-handed Perez yielded two runs on five hits and retired the last 10 batters he faced.

Tyler Scheppers tossed a scoreless eighth and Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth to notch his 24th save and secure the Rangers' fourth straight win.

Texas reached rookie Shelby Miller (8-5) for eight hits and four runs. Miller lasted 5 2/3 innings and struck out five in defeat.

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