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Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra homered to back Daniel Hudson's seven solid innings in Arizona's 11-3 victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
The Diamondbacks scored one run while losing the first two games of the series, but led for good in the finale after Kubel's two-run homer in the second off Scott Feldman (0-6).
Parra's three-run shot off reliever Tanner Scheppers capped a five-run sixth. Miguel Montero added a two-run homer in the ninth.
Hudson (3-1) struck out a season-high seven without a walk only six days after the shortest start in his four major league seasons. He gave up six runs in 1 2-3 innings against Oakland in a game the Diamondbacks eventually won 9-8.
Texas took a 1-0 lead when Elvis Andrus doubled in the first inning and scored on a single by Adrian Beltre.
Hudson, 4-0 in six career interleague starts, then retired 16 of the next 17 batters. The righty allowed only a third-inning single by Andrus, and struck out the side in the sixth, before Beltre led off the seventh with a double.
The Diamondbacks had lost seven consecutive games at Rangers Ballpark since last winning there in June 2000.
Lyle Overbay had three hits for the Diamondbacks, including a two-run double after an error extended the Diamondbacks' third.
Overbay had a one-out single in the second before Kubel's seventh homer, his third in seven games and first on the road. Kubel has 14 RBIs in that same stretch.
Jason Upton, who was called out on strikes three times, reached on a two-out infield single in the third on a slow roller that shortstop Andrus barehanded and threw to first. The close play brought manager Ron Washington out of the dugout to question first base umpire Marty Foster.
Montero then hit an apparent inning-ending grounder, but the ball went under the glove of first baseman Mitch Moreland and into right field for an error, setting up Overbay's double to center that made it 4-1.
Feldman was gone after Montero and Overbay had consecutive doubles to start the sixth. Aaron Hill and Ryan Roberts had one-out singles before Parra's fifth homer.
Feldman gave up six runs, four earned, and eight hits. The big right-hander struck out six, including all three batters in the first, and didn't issue a walk.
David Murphy homered for Texas in the seventh, a two-run shot that was his seventh this season. Murphy has hit the Rangers' only two homers over the past four games.
Notes: Rangers leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler was ejected by home plate umpire Eric Cooper in the sixth after a called third strike. The ejection actually came after Kinsler went to the dugout and a pitch had already been thrown to Andrus. At that point, Kinsler went to the top steps of the dugout and shouted a few more words toward Cooper before flashing a sarcastic thumbs-up signal. ... Arizona manager Kirk Gibson missed his son's high school graduation in Michigan on Thursday night. ''You're supposed to graduate,'' Gibson said. ''His mom and the rest of the family will be there. He's coming to see me next week.'' ... Gibson moved CF Chris Young up from sixth in the batting order to leading off hoping to create a spark. Young was 0 for 5, but made two impressive catches. He recovered after getting turned around in the second on Murphy's deep fly ball, and to the deepest part of the park in right-center to catch Nelson Cruz' fly ball near the warning track in the seventh.
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Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was busy and missed his son's graduation. He gave a very interesting explanation for why.
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