Recap: Rangers 7, Rays 1
Updated On: Sep 17 2013 09:29:19 PM CDT
Rangers 7, Rays 1: Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus each homered and knocked in three runs as visiting Texas snapped a seven-game losing streak.Leonys Martin added a solo homer, two doubles and scored three times for the Rangers, who tied the Rays for the American League wild-card lead with both one-game clear of Cleveland. Alexi Ogando (7-4) allowed one run on only two hits and struck out four over five innings in his first start since Aug. 13 to earn the victory.Wil Myers collected two hits and Jose Lobaton homered for Tampa Bay, which had scored 17 runs in its previous three contests. Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (11-9) went 2 2/3 innings, yielding five runs and four hits to lose for the sixth time in his last seven decisions.Kinsler lined the first pitch just inside the left-field foul pole for the Rangers' first homer and first lead in eight games. Kinsler singled up the middle to knock home two more in the third and Andrus followed with his two-run blast to left on a 3-1 pitch from Hellickson for a 5-0 lead.Lobaton hit his solo blast with one out in the third, but Ogando retired James Loney on a grounder with two runners in scoring position later in the frame to end the threat. Andrus added a sacrifice fly in the fifth as Texas won for only the third time in 15 September games.GAME NOTEBOOK: Texas RHP Joe Nathan, who has 39 saves, pitched a scoreless ninth for only his third outing in September. … Tampa Bay added speedy OF Freddy Guzman to the roster Tuesday. Guzman, who was playing in Mexico before being signed to a minor-league deal last month by the Rays, has not played in the majors since 2009 with the New York Yankees. … The Rangers ended their longest home run drought since 1990, when it lasted eight games. Texas went 297 plate appearances without a blast before Kinsler's homer.