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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carlos Pena had more to play for than a Tampa Bay victory.
The Rays' first baseman learned early Saturday that his close friend and college teammate, Greg Montalbano, had died of cancer Friday night. Montalbano pitched in the minors for the Boston Red Sox.
"I was crushed," Pena said. "He was my right hand in college. He's been battling cancer for 10 years. He was always smiling. The only thing that comforts me is I know he's in a better place, but we're going to miss him greatly."
Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch from Jason Grilli (1-2), just off the disabled list, to start the bottom of the 10th and went to second when Ben Zobrist walked. Pena then hit a liner to center to score Longoria.
Afterward, the slugger was still thinking about Montalbano.
"I dedicated this game to his memory and his family," Pena said.
Pena finished with four RBI for the Rays, who remain three games behind AL wild-card leading Boston. The Rangers fell two games back of the Red Sox, who beat the New York Yankees 14-1.
"Carlos swung at strikes and didn't miss them," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.
Pena has three of his 16 career multihomer games this season, and has eight homers over his last 14 games.
Grant Balfour (5-2) struck out two during a scoreless 10th for the win.
"We came back and won it. You know what, it really eliminates what happened," Howell said.
"It was a well-played game," Young said. "Those kind of games, you love being the home team."
Pena hit a solo homer in the second and put the Rays up 3-2 on a two-run shot in the fourth.
Texas went ahead 2-1 in the third when Taylor Teagarden drove in a run with a double and Young had an RBI triple. Young tied it at 3 on a sixth-inning solo homer.
Tampa Bay's Matt Garza allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings. He has just one win in his last nine starts.
Rangers right-hander Tommy Hunter gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.
Young singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He has 19 career double-digit hitting streaks, which ties the Rangers mark held by Rodriguez.
The game was delayed for a couple of minutes in the ninth when Byrd was hit by peanuts thrown from the left-field seats. Additional security was sent to the area.
"We played a good game. They just played better than us," Byrd said.
|Carlos Pena (right) accounts for four RBI to help Tampa Bay notch an important victory. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Julio Borbon, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.432|
|Michael Young, 3B||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.329|
|David Murphy, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.260|
|a- Nelson Cruz, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Marlon Byrd, CF-LF||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.286|
|Josh Hamilton, RF-CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.245|
|Hank Blalock, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.240|
|Taylor Teagarden, C||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.200|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|a-flied out for Murphy in the 9th|
|2B - Taylor Teagarden (8, Garza)|
|3B - Michael Young (2, Garza)|
|HR - Michael Young (21, Garza), Marlon Byrd (15, Howell)|
|SH - Elvis Andrus (10)|
|RBI - Michael Young 2 (61), Marlon Byrd (66), Taylor Teagarden (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (17), Marlon Byrd (28)|
|CS - Michael Young (3, 2nd base by Garza/Navarro)|
|Team LOB - 1|
|DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Blalock, Andrus-Kinsler-Blalock|
|E - Elvis Andrus (16, Throwing), Neftali Feliz (1, Throwing)|
|Jason Grilli (L,1-3)||0||1||1||1||1||0||0||4.14|
|HBP - Longoria (by Jason Grilli)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 94-59, Neftali Feliz 30-20, C.J. Wilson 15-8, Darren O'Day 16-10, Jason Grilli 10-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 6-6, Neftali Feliz 2-4, Darren O'Day 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 22, Neftali Feliz 9, C.J. Wilson 3, Darren O'Day 4, Jason Grilli 3|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||4||0||1||0||1||2||1||.343|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.318|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||1||0||0||0||0||4||.275|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.291|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||3||3||4||1||0||0||.219|
|Pat Burrell, DH||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.231|
|Gabe Kapler, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.239|
|Gabe Gross, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.258|
|Dioner Navarro, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.222|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.237|
|2B - Pat Burrell (12, Wilson), Dioner Navarro (15, Hunter)|
|HR - Carlos Pena 2 (34, Hunter, Hunter)|
|RBI - Carlos Pena 4 (84), Pat Burrell (46)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell (20)|
|SB - B.J. Upton (36, 2nd base off Hunter/Teagarden)|
|CS - Dioner Navarro (2, 3rd base by Hunter/Teagarden)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Navarro-Bartlett, Longoria-Zobrist-Pena|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|J.P. Howell (BS,6)||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||2.26|
|Grant Balfour (W,5-2)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.29|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 110-69, Russ Springer 13-10, J.P. Howell 15-9, Grant Balfour 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 5-7, Russ Springer 1-2, J.P. Howell 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 25, Russ Springer 3, J.P. Howell 4, Grant Balfour 3|
|Attendance - 34281|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Tim McClelland|