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Tampa Bay at Texas

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Tampa Bay (44-38)010030000480
Texas (44-35) «33102102x12140

Rangers 12, Rays 4

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Even during a long slump when they struggled to scratch out runs, the Texas Rangers never wavered in their mindset at the plate.

That steady approach is beginning to pay dividends.

Andruw Jones homered and drove in four runs, Michael Young added a three-run double and the Rangers roughed up David Price to win their fourth in a row, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 12-4 Saturday.

"We weren't swinging the way we're capable of," Young said. "But the best thing we can do is stay confident, stay the course, and keep working hard."

Texas was next to last in the American League with 99 runs scored in June.

The Rangers appear to have broken out of their offensive doldrums, scoring 33 runs in their winning streak.

Texas, which came into the day tied with the Los Angeles Angels for the American League West lead, is 5-3 on a home stand that ends Sunday. The Rangers then visit the Angels for a three-game series starting Monday.

"It was a matter of time," Rangers manager Ron Washington said after his squad scored its most runs since beating Oakland 14-1 on May 30. "Will this continue? I hope, but I know it won't. But we'll do enough to continue to win and that's all that matters."

Nelson Cruz, who had three hits, connected for his 20th home run of the season in support of Derek Holland (2-5), who won for the first time as a starter. The rookie left-hander allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Jones' three-run shot in the first and Young's bases-loaded double gave the Rangers a 6-1 lead against an erratic Price (2-3), who gave up a career-high six runs in 1 1/3 innings.

The 2007 top overall pick walked five in the shortest of his nine career starts. Price has walked 30 in 38 innings this season.

The Rays have lost three in a row, all to rookie pitchers. Toronto's Ricky Romero shut down Tampa Bay on Wednesday and Tommy Hunter earned his first career victory for the Rangers on Friday.

"I'm embarrassed," Price said. "I can't really put any words on it. I needed to stop the bleeding and I let us down."

Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett hit a solo homer in the second and Dioner Navarro added a three-run shot in the fifth.

After Navarro's homer, Holland retired six of the final seven batters he faced to pick up his first victory since winning in relief May 12.

Holland made it a point to try to use some more of his pitches against the Rays.

"I have to have more than just a fastball," Holland said. "When you fall behind, you need your off-speed pitch as well."

Price walked Young and Marlon Byrd with one out in the bottom of the first.

Jones drove an 0-1 pitch into the Tampa Bay bullpen in left for his 10th home run of the season. He also had and RBI double in the sixth.

The Rangers loaded the bases in the second on Taylor Teagarden's double, and walks to Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler. Young doubled over B.J. Upton's head in right-center to drive home three.

After walking Byrd, Tampa Bay took Price out of the game for reliever Lance Cormier.

"He just really struggled with his fastball command," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He could not throw the fastball where he wanted. That's the key to unlocking all his potential."

Cruz homered in the fifth, and Teagarden added an RBI single to make it 9-4.

Notes

Rays and American League manager Maddon submitted his All-Star selections to the league office Saturday. "You're not going to please everybody," Maddon said. "There were so many close calls. But you have to make those calls." ... On the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's luckiest man speech, former Rangers first baseman Pete O'Brien recited an abbreviated version of Yankee great's words before the game. ... Tampa Bay LF Carl Crawford extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double in the first.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

A. Jones
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

D. Navarro
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF3010120 .247
Carl Crawford, LF4010002 .318
Evan Longoria, 3B4010002 .293
Carlos Pena, 1B3000112 .233
Ben Zobrist, 2B-RF4000001 .286
Pat Burrell, DH4000010 .220
Jason Bartlett, SS3221010 .362
   a- Joe Dillon, PH1000010 .320
Gabe Kapler, RF2110000 .248
   b- Willy Aybar, PH-2B2000000 .281
Dioner Navarro, C3123000 .216
Totals3348426  
a-struck out for Bartlett in the 9th
b-grounded out for Kapler in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (16, Holland), Evan Longoria (25, Holland), Gabe Kapler (13, Holland), Dioner Navarro (10, Holland)
3B - B.J. Upton (2, Grilli)
HR - Jason Bartlett (8, Holland), Dioner Navarro (5, Holland)
RBI - Jason Bartlett (37), Dioner Navarro 3 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bartlett (19)
Team LOB - 4
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price (L,2-3) 1.1366531 5.21
Lance Cormier 3433011 2.87
Chad Bradford 0.2100000 3.86
Jeff Niemann 3633010 4.14
HBP - Byrd (by Jeff Niemann)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 61-33, Lance Cormier 37-25, Chad Bradford 14-7, Jeff Niemann 47-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 1-0, Lance Cormier 4-4, Chad Bradford 2-0, Jeff Niemann 3-5
Batters Faced - David Price 12, Lance Cormier 13, Chad Bradford 3, Jeff Niemann 16
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4100122 .256
Michael Young, 3B4223100 .314
    Chris Davis, 3B0000000 .201
Marlon Byrd, CF2310200 .288
    Julio Borbon, CF0000000 .200
Andruw Jones, DH5124003 .245
Hank Blalock, 1B5011013 .246
Nelson Cruz, RF5232011 .270
David Murphy, LF5130010 .268
Taylor Teagarden, C4122003 .232
Elvis Andrus, SS3100102 .266
Totals3712141255  
Batting
2B - Michael Young (25, Price), Andruw Jones (11, Niemann), David Murphy (10, Cormier), Taylor Teagarden (6, Price)
3B - David Murphy (1, Cormier)
HR - Andruw Jones (10, Price), Nelson Cruz (20, Cormier)
SF - Taylor Teagarden (1)
RBI - Michael Young 3 (33), Andruw Jones 4 (27), Hank Blalock (38), Nelson Cruz 2 (49), Taylor Teagarden 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Hank Blalock (12), Nelson Cruz (20)
SB - Elvis Andrus (16, 2nd base off Bradford/Navarro)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Blalock, Kinsler-Andrus-Blalock
Texas Rangers
Derek Holland (W,2-5) 6744142 6.18
Jason Grilli 1100000 4.71
Doug Mathis 1000100 2.45
Eddie Guardado 1000020 4.56
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 92-56, Jason Grilli 20-11, Doug Mathis 15-8, Eddie Guardado 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 7-6, Jason Grilli 3-0, Doug Mathis 2-0
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 25, Jason Grilli 4, Doug Mathis 3, Eddie Guardado 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43809
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 100
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Doug Eddings