Tampa Bay at Texas

Final 14th
Tampa Bay
W: S. Baker (1-3) L: C. Ramos (2-5)
HR: TB - None   TEX - None

Ramos walks in winning run in 14th, lifts Rangers


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) All Adam Rosales had to do was watch four pitches miss their mark.

Tampa Bay's Cesar Ramos walked Rosales with two outs in the 14th inning to force in the winning run and the Texas Rangers beat the Rays 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Ramos (2-5), the Rays' seventh pitcher, walked Rosales on four pitches, allowing pinch-running pitcher Nick Martinez to score.

''That's just unacceptable on my part,'' Ramos said.

Texas' sixth pitcher, Scott Baker (1-3) earned the victory with two scoreless innings. The Rangers had lost all 20 games in which he appeared before Tuesday.

''Baker got the job done, and now he's got a win,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Geovany Soto reached on third baseman Evan Longoria's error with one out in the 14th. Martinez entered and advanced on singles by Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo.

''I just kind of went off Elvis' (Andrus) at-bat,'' Rosales said. ''He really didn't give Elvis too many good pitches to hit, so I figured `You've got to be really patient with this guy.'''

Rays manager Joe Maddon said, ''Just throw a strike there. Give us a chance.''

In contrast, Texas' pitchers allowed no walks.

Rangers starter Nick Tepesch allowed no hits until Sean Rodriguez singled to lead off the fifth inning.

Texas tied the score 2-all in the seventh against reliever Joel Peralta. Odor's sacrifice fly and a double by Choo drove in the runs.

Rays right fielder Kevin Kiermaier then threw out Choo trying to score on Andrus' single.

Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce tripled and scored for the Rays' two runs in the sixth.

Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits. He preserved the Rays' 2-0 lead in the sixth after Texas put runners on second and third with one out.

Tepesch allowed four hits and no walks in seven innings. Texas' bullpen went another seven innings without allowing a walk - and only two hits.

''Outstanding,'' Washington said. ''The biggest one was (Roman) Mendez coming in and getting Longoria (with two out in the eighth).''

Said Rosales: ''Thank goodness our pitching staff really kept us in it.''


Rangers: RF Alex Rios (sprained right ankle) wasn't in the lineup for the second consecutive game, but pinch hit in the 13th inning. ... RHP Tanner Scheppers, out for the season with an inflamed elbow, said he would be a reliever next year.

Rays: Kiermaier, who left Monday's game because of tightness in his left lower back, returned to the lineup.


The teams will play the third game of a four-game set Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay: RHP Chris Archer (7-6, 3.33) hasn't pitched in Arlington, and is 0-0 with a 2.77 career starts against Texas.

Rangers: RHP Miles Mikolas (1-4), who has lowered his ERA from 10.05 to 6.57 in his last four starts, will face the Rays for the first time.


Texas CF Leonys Martin, hitless in his previous 12 at-bats, singled four times for his first career four-hit game. He had been 6-for-54 in his previous 16 games.


The Rays won a fifth-inning challenge and lost one in the 10th.

First, Martin was called safe on a slide at second base, but after review he was out. In the 10th, replay confirmed that Zobrist was out at first.


Before the bottom of the second inning, Ivan Rodriguez represented the Rangers in recognizing retired LHP Kenny Rogers. He had the only perfect game in franchise history, on July 28, 1994. Rodriguez caught Rogers that night.

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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Hellickson
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 6

L. Martin
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0

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Tampa Bay Rays
Desmond Jennings, CF6110012.241.323.384
Ben Zobrist, SS-LF5001031.283.369.431
Matt Joyce, LF2110010.282.373.424
   a-Brandon Guyer, PH-LF3010000.273.347.355
   Yunel Escobar, LF-SS0000000.257.326.331
Evan Longoria, 3B6020002.251.324.390
James Loney, 1B6000003.282.335.367
Sean Rodriguez, DH6010012.225.275.478
Logan Forsythe, 2B4000021.241.293.351
Jose Molina, C4010000.193.250.203
   Cole Figueroa, PR0000000.233.286.326
   Curt Casali, C1000000.143.231.171
Kevin Kiermaier, RF4000011.279.332.502
Jeremy Hellickson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joel Peralta, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jeff Beliveau, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jake McGee, P0000000.000.000.000
   Grant Balfour, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cesar Ramos, P0000000.000.000.000
a-singled for Joyce in the 8th
2B - Evan Longoria (20, Baker)
3B - Desmond Jennings (2, Tepesch), Matt Joyce (2, Tepesch)
SF - Ben Zobrist (5)
SH - Logan Forsythe (2), Kevin Kiermaier (3)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (35)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Kevin Kiermaier 2
DP - Forsythe-Loney, Forsythe-Loney-Hellickson-Forsythe-Loney, Forsythe-Loney-Hellickson-Forsythe-Loney-Kiermaier-Loney
E - Matt Joyce (2, Misplayed grounder), James Loney (4, Missed catch of throw), Evan Longoria (8, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
Jeremy Hellickson 6600160 2.03
Joel Peralta (BS,5) 0.2422000 3.83
Jeff Beliveau 0.2000110 1.64
Brad Boxberger 1.2000020 1.95
Jake McGee 2100110 1.33
Grant Balfour 2100010 5.01
Cesar Ramos (L,2-5) 0.2210100 3.90
WP - Jeremy Hellickson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 101-72, Joel Peralta 14-9, Jeff Beliveau 12-7, Brad Boxberger 16-14, Jake McGee 27-16, Grant Balfour 28-21, Cesar Ramos 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 5-6, Jeff Beliveau 1-0, Brad Boxberger 1-2, Jake McGee 2-2, Grant Balfour 2-3, Cesar Ramos 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 24, Joel Peralta 5, Jeff Beliveau 3, Brad Boxberger 5, Jake McGee 7, Grant Balfour 7, Cesar Ramos 6
Texas Rangers
Shin-Soo Choo, RF7021022.245.345.374
Elvis Andrus, SS7020015.272.321.345
Mike Carp, 1B2000111.189.322.263
   a-Adam Rosales, PH-1B2001211.311.426.556
Adrian Beltre, 3B5010102.319.373.506
Jim Adduci, LF3000023.208.275.292
   b-Daniel Robertson, PH-LF2010010.291.333.336
J.P. Arencibia, DH5000014.175.241.385
   c-Alex Rios, PH-DH1000001.293.323.414
Leonys Martin, CF6140001.256.312.354
Geovany Soto, C6110013.250.250.333
   Nick Martinez, PR0100000.000.000.000
Rougned Odor, 2B5031010.261.300.384
Nick Tepesch, P0000000.500.500.500
   Neal Cotts, P0000000.000.000.000
   Roman Mendez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Neftali Feliz, P0000000.000.000.000
   Shawn Tolleson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Scott Baker, P0000000.000.000.000
a-struck out for Carp in the 7th
b-struck out for Adduci in the 11th
c-flied out for Arencibia in the 13th
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (19, Peralta), Geovany Soto (2, Peralta)
3B - Daniel Robertson (1, Balfour)
SF - Rougned Odor (3)
SH - Jim Adduci (1)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (38), Adam Rosales (11), Rougned Odor (25)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Rosales (4)
SB - Leonys Martin (20, 2nd base off McGee/Casali)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Andrus-Odor-Rosales
E - Shin-Soo Choo (4, Dropped fly), Rougned Odor 2 (7, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Nick Tepesch 7422040 4.29
Neal Cotts 0.2100000 3.68
Roman Mendez 0.1000000 1.56
Neftali Feliz 2100030 2.50
Shawn Tolleson 2000010 3.02
Scott Baker (W,1-3) 2100010 5.75
WP - Nick Tepesch (1)
HBP - Joyce (by Nick Tepesch)
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Tepesch 102-72, Neal Cotts 15-12, Roman Mendez 3-3, Neftali Feliz 21-18, Shawn Tolleson 20-15, Scott Baker 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Tepesch 11-7, Neal Cotts 1-1, Neftali Feliz 2-1, Shawn Tolleson 3-2
Batters Faced - Nick Tepesch 27, Neal Cotts 3, Roman Mendez 1, Neftali Feliz 7, Shawn Tolleson 6, Scott Baker 7
Game Information
Attendance - 35642
Game Time - 4:49
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Gabe Morales, Third Base - Al Porter