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Gordon, Royals complete sweep of Rangers

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Wednesday night to sweep a three-game series.

Billy Butler also had an RBI for the AL Central-leading Royals, who increased their lead over the Detroit Tigers to 1 1/2 games.

Jason Vargas (11-7) pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings to snap a two-start losing streak, giving up six hits and no walks while striking out five.

"He was sharp tonight, had his good command," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "Just pitched a great game."

Greg Holland struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to tie Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel for the major-league lead in saves at 42.

Ryan Rua hit an RBI single in the eighth inning for the Rangers, who have lost five in a row.

Nick Tepesch (4-9) gave up four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings to stay winless in his last five starts.

"I grew up a Royals fan but it's just another team now," Tepesch said. "Just another team to beat. It was exciting. It's the first time I got to pitch here."

The Royals took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning after Omar Infante led off with a single and Gordon followed with a blast to center field for his 19th homer of the season.

Gordon had four home runs and eight RBI on the Royals' 5-4 homestand.

Salvador Perez led off the seventh inning with a double for Kansas City and scored on Butler's double down the left-field line.

Terrence Gore -- pinch-running for Butler -- later stole third base and came home when Tomas Telis skipped his throw into left field, giving the Royals a 4-0 lead.

Game Notes

The Tigers lost to Cleveland on Wednesday ... Kansas City will start a six- game road trip on Friday against the Yankees in New York ... The Rangers went 3-7 on a 10-game road trip. They will start a 10-game homestand on Thursday against Seattle.

09/04 01:36:51 ET