Perez, Rangers blank slumping Reds

4:38 AM, Jun 29, 2013   |    comments
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Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Martin Perez sparkled in his third start of the season by tossing shutout ball into the seventh inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0, to open a three-game series.

Perez (2-1) allowed six hits and walked a batter over his 6 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old left-hander also had three strikeouts to help the Rangers to their eighth win in nine games.

Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (4-2) left with tightness in his right lat in the second inning. His replacement, Tony Cingrani, pitched four innings, but walked six batters, including three in a row during the second inning when the Rangers expanded their lead to 3-0.

Cincinnati, which went 0-for-10 with men in scoring position, lost for the sixth time in seven games.

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