(AP) -- The Texas Rangers got a much-needed boost with a successful series that ended in thrilling fashion.
That also provided a fitting prelude for a highly anticipated rematch.
In their first visit to St. Louis since a dramatic 2011 World Series, the Rangers will try to keep their momentum going against the Cardinals on Friday night.
Texas (41-32) had lost six in a row - its longest skid in three seasons - before winning three of four over AL West-leading Oakland this week. The Rangers held on for a 4-3 win in Thursday's series finale after catcher A.J. Pierzynski tagged Josh Donaldson for the game's final out.
The victory pushed Texas within one game of Oakland in the division.
"Any win right now is special, especially against a good team like the A's, especially to win the series," said shortstop Elvis Andrus, who made the relay throw to Pierzynski.
The Rangers now face the owners of the best record in the majors and visit a stadium where one of the franchise's most heartb...