The offense never got fully into gear, but based on the end result, it didn't matter, as Texas will now finish the day in sole possession of first place in the AL West for the first time since July 1.

The debut of Alex Rios in a Rangers uniform was a resounding success, as he was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a walk. He made the last two outs in right field, the final one being the type that would normally be cause to hold your breath with Nelson Cruz in the outfield.

The best part of the night? Elvis Andrus hit his first home run of the season, a 2-run shot to left field that was a no-doubter the moment it left his bat.

This feels like it's exactly where the Rangers should be. It's their division to lose, and for the first time in over a month, I can say that with conviction.