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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tampa Bay's offense has sputtered at times this season.
For some reason, though, the Rays haven't had any problems figuring out All-Star Matt Harrison.
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The Rays are the lowest-scoring team in the American League and have lost four 1-0 games since Aug. 5 -- including one Tuesday night.
But Tampa Bay found its stride against Harrison, who was coming off one of the best starts of his career.
"Our hitters have a decent history against him," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "I think it's one of those things where our guys see him pretty well. And perhaps he doesn't see them that well."
Harrison (15-8) allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
The Rays have scored 14 runs with 26 hits in two starts against Harrison, who was looking to tie for the league lead in wins.
"We knew we had to jump out fast," said B.J. Upton, who hit a three-run homer in the second that put the Rays on top 6-0. "We did that and kind of kept our foot down after that."
After dropping the last two against the AL West-leading Rangers by one run, the Rays avoided the three-game sweep.
Tampa Bay had scored only 11 runs during their losing skid before breaking out for 16 hits against Texas.
Longoria hit a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the ninth. Elliot Johnson added a solo blast in the sixth.
Jake McGee (5-2) pitched a perfect sixth and five Tampa Bay relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings.
Since July 19, the Rays' bullpen has posted a 0.76 ERA in 106 innings.
"Our `pen was great once again," Maddon said. "That's who we are."
Josh Hamilton hit his 36th home run for Texas, a solo shot that brought Texas to 6-4 in the fifth.
The Rangers wrapped up a 7-3 homestand and have a 4 ½-game lead over Oakland in the AL West.
"If we can continue to win series, we'll be right where we want to be," Texas manager Ron Washington said.
Harrison gave up seven runs and a career-high 14 hits in an 8-4 loss to the Rays on April 27. The left-hander struggled again against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, giving up six runs and a pair of home runs by the second inning.
He took a no-hitter into the seventh and permitted two hits in eight shutout innings in his last outing Friday night against Minnesota.
"I put us in a big hole early in the game," Harrison said. "I didn't give us a chance"
Zobrist's RBI double in the first snapped a 13-inning scoreless drought.
Longoria drove a 3-1 fastball from Harrison 409 feet to center. The two-run shot extended Tampa Bay's lead to 3-0. Longoria is 6 for 9 with three home runs against Harrison in the regular season.
After Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux visited Harrison, Upton lined a fastball into the seats in left for his 16th home run of the season.
Johnson led off the sixth with a home run and Harrison was chased out of the game two batters later.
It was the first time Harrison allowed three home runs in a game since April 21, 2010 against Boston.
Hamilton's 424-foot shot landed in the upper deck in right and gave him 112 RBI, which leads the majors.
Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed eight hits and four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
|Evan Longoria homers twice, a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo job in the ninth, to help the Rays beat the Rangers. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, LF||4||2||2||0||1||1||2||.249|
|B.J. Upton, CF||5||1||2||3||0||2||3||.247|
|Ben Zobrist, SS||5||1||3||1||0||1||0||.267|
|Evan Longoria, DH||5||2||2||3||0||0||2||.293|
|Jeff Keppinger, 1B||5||0||4||0||0||0||0||.325|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.239|
|Elliot Johnson, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.247|
|Jose Molina, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.207|
|Sam Fuld, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.313|
|2B - Ben Zobrist (33, Harrison)|
|3B - Sam Fuld (2, Harrison)|
|HR - B.J. Upton (16, Harrison), Evan Longoria 2 (9, Harrison, Ogando), Elliot Johnson (5, Harrison)|
|RBI - B.J. Upton 3 (60), Ben Zobrist (53), Evan Longoria 3 (34), Elliot Johnson (31)|
|2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (16)|
|SB - B.J. Upton (25, 2nd base off Ogando/Martinez), Sam Fuld (7, 2nd base off Uehara/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Sam Fuld (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jake McGee (H,13; W,5-2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.16|
|Kyle Farnsworth (H,6)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.84|
|Joel Peralta (H,31)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.46|
|WP - Alex Cobb 2 (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 90-61, Burke Badenhop 4-3, Jake McGee 19-12, Kyle Farnsworth 14-8, Joel Peralta 13-10, Fernando Rodney 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 8-3, Burke Badenhop 1-0, Jake McGee 1-1, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0, Joel Peralta 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 23, Burke Badenhop 1, Jake McGee 3, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Joel Peralta 3, Fernando Rodney 4|
|Ian Kinsler, DH||5||0||0||0||0||3||2||.267|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.300|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.292|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.311|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.264|
|Michael Young, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.267|
|David Murphy, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.312|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.296|
|Luis Martinez, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.091|
|a- Geovany Soto, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.212|
|a-lined out for Martinez in the 9th|
|2B - Elvis Andrus (28, Cobb)|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (36, Cobb), Mitch Moreland (15, Cobb)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton (112), Nelson Cruz (78), Mitch Moreland 2 (45)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Beltre-Young-Moreland, Andrus-Moreland, Beltre-Young-Moreland, Young-Andrus|
|E - Michael Young (5, Dropped fly)|
|Matt Harrison (L,15-8)||5.1||12||7||7||1||5||3||3.30|
|WP - Matt Harrison (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 95-58, Koji Uehara 17-12, Robbie Ross 17-11, Alexi Ogando 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 8-1, Koji Uehara 1-1, Robbie Ross 3-1, Alexi Ogando 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 27, Koji Uehara 6, Robbie Ross 4, Alexi Ogando 4|
|Attendance - 36176|
|Game Time - 3:02|
|Temperature - 95|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Brian Knight|