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Texas at Tampa Bay

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Rays 5, Rangers 4 (10)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Desmond Jennings gave the Tampa Bay Rays a big boost heading their biggest series of the year.

Jennings homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Rays beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 5-4 Wednesday.

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The Rays started the day eight games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race. The Red Sox open a three-game series Friday night at Tampa Bay.

"It was big," Rays pitcher David Price said. "We can't really fall anymore behind. We've got to put some sweeps together."

Tampa Bay's Wade Davis will face John Lackey on Friday.

"We can still make it really interesting if we put some pressure on them by winning those games," Davis said.

Jennings won this game with his ninth homer of the season, sending a pitch from Mark Lowe (2-3) into the left-field stands. The rookie had just four hits in his previous 38 at-bats.

"That's probably the most exciting feeling I've had in a while," Jennings said. "It was fun. I've been a little frustrated with myself, but pitchers have been making good pitches, too. That made me feel a lot better."

Texas tied it at 4 in the ninth when Ian Kinsler hit his second homer of the afternoon. Kinsler's 28th home run came with one out against Tampa Bay closer Kyle Farnsworth. Kinsler has seven homers in his last seven games.

"We had an opportunity," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Desmond Jennings ended it. The game was decided by one pitch."

The win was the 1,000th overall for the Tampa Bay franchise in the regular season. The Rays have lost 1,245.

Jake McGee (2-1) allowed a single during a scoreless 10th for the victory.

Ben Zobrist put the Rays ahead 2-0 with a two-run double in the first. He joined Milwaukee's Ryan Braun as the only big leaguers to have 100 doubles, 50 stolen bases and 50 homers over the last three seasons.

Tampa Bay went up 3-0 in the second when Kelly Shoppach scored as Kinsler made a wild throw from second base on B.J. Upton's infield single.

After David Murphy had an RBI grounder in the fourth, Kinsler made it 3-2 with a solo homer in the fifth off Price. Murphy had four RBI in the Rangers' 8-0 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

"That's a postseason lineup, one through nine," Price said.

Brandon Guyer gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead with his second homer of the season in the sixth. He connected off Derek Holland, who struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings.

"I knew we were going to come back," Holland said. "I had to keep my head straight. Overall, I thought I did a fairly good job of keeping us in the ballgame."

Mike Napoli cut the deficit to 4-3 with a solo homer in the Texas eighth.

Notes

  • Price joined teammate James Shields in reaching 200 strikeouts this season when he fanned Napoli to end the fifth.
  • Texas LF Josh Hamilton , who tweaked his back Tuesday night, went 1 for 5 and struck out three times.
  • Tampa Bay DH Johnny Damon (sore right foot) was out the lineup for the third consecutive game, but hit a fly ball as a pinch-hitter during the eighth.
  • Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fourth-inning single.
  • Rays C Jose Lobaton (sore left knee) could play this weekend.
  • Bill McCrary, who played for Kansas City in the Negro Leagues from 1946-47, threw the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Both teams are off Thursday.
 
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Ben Zobrist joins Ryan Braun as the only players with 100 doubles, 50 stolen bases and 50 homers over last three seasons. (AP)
Ben Zobrist joins Ryan Braun as the only players with 100 doubles, 50 stolen bases and 50 homers over last three seasons. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5222000 .245
Elvis Andrus, SS3010200 .276
Josh Hamilton, LF5010032 .298
Michael Young, 1B4010112 .333
Adrian Beltre, 3B5120014 .276
Mike Napoli, C5141012 .302
David Murphy, RF5011022 .270
Yorvit Torrealba, DH3000002 .272
   a- Mitch Moreland, PH-DH2000001 .264
Craig Gentry, CF3000004 .233
   b- Endy Chavez, PH-CF2000001 .302
Totals42412438  
a-popped out for Torrealba in the 8th
b-fouled out for Gentry in the 9th
Batting
HR - Ian Kinsler 2 (28, Price, Farnsworth), Mike Napoli (24, Peralta)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (71), Mike Napoli (62), David Murphy (40)
SB - Elvis Andrus (35, 2nd base off Price/Shoppach)
CS - Elvis Andrus (11, 2nd base by Price/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Ian Kinsler (10, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland 6.2643391 4.12
Koji Uehara 0.1000000 2.41
Mike Adams 1000010 1.26
Darren Oliver 1000010 2.12
Mark Lowe (L,2-3)0111001 3.83
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 107-67, Koji Uehara 3-3, Mike Adams 11-6, Darren Oliver 10-7, Mark Lowe 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 1-10, Koji Uehara 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 29, Koji Uehara 1, Mike Adams 3, Darren Oliver 3, Mark Lowe 1
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF4211112 .302
B.J. Upton, CF4020021 .224
Evan Longoria, 3B3110103 .237
Ben Zobrist, 2B4012011 .272
Sean Rodriguez, SS4000011 .215
Brandon Guyer, DH3111011 .190
   a- Johnny Damon, PH-DH1000000 .260
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000010 .313
Kelly Shoppach, C3100120 .173
Justin Ruggiano, RF4010020 .243
Totals34574311  
a-flied out for Guyer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Evan Longoria (23, Holland), Ben Zobrist (44, Holland)
HR - Desmond Jennings (9, Lowe), Brandon Guyer (2, Holland)
RBI - Desmond Jennings (21), Ben Zobrist 2 (76), Brandon Guyer (3)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - S. Rodriguez-Zobrist-Kotchman
E - Sean Rodriguez (10, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price 6822251 3.40
Juan Cruz (H,5) 0.1000100 3.86
J.P. Howell (H,8) 0.2000010 6.18
Joel Peralta (H,17) 1111011 3.26
Kyle Farnsworth (BS,5) 1211011 2.00
Jake McGee (W,2-1) 1100000 4.98
WP - Kyle Farnsworth (2)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 107-70, Juan Cruz 10-4, J.P. Howell 7-4, Joel Peralta 15-11, Kyle Farnsworth 25-17, Jake McGee 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 6-6, J.P. Howell 1-0, Jake McGee 1-2
Batters Faced - David Price 27, Juan Cruz 2, J.P. Howell 2, Joel Peralta 4, Kyle Farnsworth 6, Jake McGee 4
Game Information
Attendance - 11190
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Paul Schrieber