Rays beat Rangers 8-4 to end 4-game losing streak

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) While others might dread the beginning of the work week, Mallex Smith is beginning to love Mondays.

Smith had four hits for the second time in eight days and Blake Snell struck out nine Monday night to help the Tampa Bay Rays stop a four-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers.

Exactly a week earlier, Smith got four hits in Chicago against the White Sox. This time, he had a double and three singles to raise his batting average to .409.

''Monday's a good day,'' the speedy outfielder said. ''But it's April so I'm not really too excited about what's going on right now. We've got a lot of games to play.''

Smith bunted for a single against Martin Perez in a four-run second inning that gave the Rays a 5-0 lead.

Perez had a second consecutive outing that was so bad it left the Rangers wondering.

''Maybe he's tipping his pitches,'' catcher Robinson Chirinos said after Perez gave up eight runs - seven earned - and 10 hits in four innings. ''Seems like they were feeling comfortable with him, taking those pitches, especially late in the count. So we're going to come early tomorrow and go and watch video and see what he's doing.''

Perez (1-2) allowed eight runs in his previous start last Tuesday against the Angels. He has a 13.14 ERA and opponents are batting .453 against him.

''I've been in this situation before and I'm just trying to find a way to start to pitch good again,'' Perez said. ''I'm going to find a way.''

Snell (2-1) was more excited about his zero walks than his nine strikeouts. He yielded one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

''That's a been a focal point for me. Having no walks is huge,'' Snell said.

It was the third time this season a Tampa Bay starter has pitched at least six innings.

Wilson Ramos had three hits for the Rays and drove in two runs.

Joey Gallo hit his sixth home run to get Texas on the board in the fourth. It was the first home run by a left-handed hitter against Snell, who has made 47 career starts.

Nomar Mazara added a three-run shot in the eighth off reliever Chih-Wei Hu.

C.J. Cron hit his second homer and Daniel Robertson connected for his first off Perez.

Rays third baseman Matt Duffy and Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar left the game early with injuries.

Profar was in concussion protocol after being upended by Smith's slide in the second inning. Profar came down on the side of his head after making a throw toward first base.

Duffy left in the first inning with right hamstring tightness. He said he was scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday.

MOVING DAY

Rangers: INF-OF Renato Nunez, claimed by Texas on waivers Sunday from Oakland, was added to the 25-man roster and OF Ryan Rua was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. ... The Rangers acquired C Tony Sanchez from Cincinnati for a player to be named or cash and assigned him to Round Rock.

Rays: Hu was optioned to Triple-A Durham after the game and RHP Hunter Wood was called up.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Delino DeShields (broken left hamate bone) is hitting off a tee.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier, who tore a ligament in his right thumb sliding into second base Sunday, will have surgery Friday and be out two to three months. ... 1B Brad Miller (strained left groin) could start a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Charlotte.

UP NEXT

Rangers LHP Matt Moore, who pitched his first 5 1/2 seasons for Tampa Bay, will make his first start at Tropicana Field as a visiting pitcher. RHP Yonny Chirinos, who has not given up a run in 14 1/3 innings, will start for the Rays.

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  • W: B. Snell (2-1)L: M. Perez (1-2)
  • HR: TEX - J. Gallo (6), N. Mazara (2), TB - C. Cron (2), D. Robertson (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Choo DH41100010.211.273.380.6531.5
J. Profar SS10100000.222.378.278.6561.0
D. Robinson SS21100110.182.280.273.5532.5
N. Mazara RF41231011.311.354.426.7808.5
A. Beltre 3B40100022.281.352.406.7580.0
J. Gallo 1B41111023.216.247.500.7475.0
R. Nunez LF40100011.250.250.250.5000.5
R. Chirinos C40000002.167.268.354.6220.0
I. Kiner-Falefa 2B40000031.118.118.294.412-1.5
C. Tocci CF30000000.063.118.063.1800.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Duffy 3B10100000.267.302.350.6523.0
    J. Wendle PR-2B32010103.244.360.439.7994.0
    A. Hechavarria SS51100013.192.214.192.4071.5
    C. Gomez RF50110004.177.227.323.5502.0
    C. Cron 1B51211024.232.279.393.6726.0
    W. Ramos C50320010.217.265.239.5045.5
    D. Robertson 2B-3B31111103.269.472.423.8957.0
    R. Refsnyder DH31000124.071.381.071.4521.0
    J. Field LF31000121.200.333.300.6331.0
    M. Smith CF41400000.409.458.5451.0046.0
      BATTING
      • HR - N. Mazara (2), J. Gallo (6)
      • RBI - N. Mazara 3 (5), J. Gallo (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara 3 (4), J. Gallo (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Ramos, M. Smith (2)
      • HR - C. Cron (2), D. Robertson
      • RBI - J. Wendle (5), C. Gomez (4), C. Cron (6), W. Ramos 2 (3), D. Robertson (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos 2 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Duffy (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Gallo, I. Kiner-Falefa
      • E - J. Profar (3), D. Robinson (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Hechavarria, J. Wendle, C. Cron
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Perez (L, 1-2)4.0108734213.142.92-11.0
      J. Chavez4.03001405.141.7110.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Perez (L, 1-2)4.0
      J. Chavez4.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (W, 2-1)6.15110912.951.0826.5
      C. Hu2.233312110.131.500.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (W, 2-1)6.1
      C. Hu2.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 81-51, J. Chavez 63-43
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 5-4, J. Chavez 4-3
      • Batters Faced - M. Perez 26, J. Chavez 15
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 103-68, C. Hu 41-29
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-5
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 23, C. Hu 12
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      S. Choo DH41100010.211.273.380.6531.5
      J. Profar SS10100000.222.378.278.6561.0
      D. Robinson SS21100110.182.280.273.5532.5
      N. Mazara RF41231011.311.354.426.7808.5
      A. Beltre 3B40100022.281.352.406.7580.0
      J. Gallo 1B41111023.216.247.500.7475.0
      R. Nunez LF40100011.250.250.250.5000.5
      R. Chirinos C40000002.167.268.354.6220.0
      I. Kiner-Falefa 2B40000031.118.118.294.412-1.5
      C. Tocci CF30000000.063.118.063.1800.0
      Total34484211110-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Duffy 3B10100000.267.302.350.6523.0
        J. Wendle PR-2B32010103.244.360.439.7994.0
        A. Hechavarria SS51100013.192.214.192.4071.5
        C. Gomez RF50110004.177.227.323.5502.0
        C. Cron 1B51211024.232.279.393.6726.0
        W. Ramos C50320010.217.265.239.5045.5
        D. Robertson 2B-3B31111103.269.472.423.8957.0
        R. Refsnyder DH31000124.071.381.071.4521.0
        J. Field LF31000121.200.333.300.6331.0
        M. Smith CF41400000.409.458.5451.0046.0
        Total37813624822-----
          BATTING
          • HR - N. Mazara (2), J. Gallo (6)
          • RBI - N. Mazara 3 (5), J. Gallo (14)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara 3 (4), J. Gallo (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Ramos, M. Smith (2)
          • HR - C. Cron (2), D. Robertson
          • RBI - J. Wendle (5), C. Gomez (4), C. Cron (6), W. Ramos 2 (3), D. Robertson (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos 2 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Duffy (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - J. Gallo, I. Kiner-Falefa
          • E - J. Profar (3), D. Robinson (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - A. Hechavarria, J. Wendle, C. Cron
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Perez (L, 1-2)4.0108734213.142.92-11.0
          J. Chavez4.03001405.141.7110.0
          Total8.01387482---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Perez (L, 1-2)4.0
          J. Chavez4.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Snell (W, 2-1)6.15110912.951.0826.5
          C. Hu2.233312110.131.500.0
          Total9.08441112---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Snell (W, 2-1)6.1
          C. Hu2.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 81-51, J. Chavez 63-43
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 5-4, J. Chavez 4-3
          • Batters Faced - M. Perez 26, J. Chavez 15
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 103-68, C. Hu 41-29
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-5
          • Batters Faced - B. Snell 23, C. Hu 12
          • 8TH INNING
            Mazara homered to right, Choo and Robinson scored48
          • 4TH INNING
            Robertson homered to right center18
            Cron homered to center17
            Gallo homered to center16
          • 3RD INNING
            Hechavarria safe at first on shortstop Robinson fielding error, Smith scored06
          • 2ND INNING
            Ramos singled to center, Hechavarria scored, Gomez to second05
            Gomez singled to center, Wendle scored, Hechavarria to second04
            Wendle reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Refsnyder and Field scored, Smith out at second on left fielder Profar fielding error03
          • 1ST INNING
            Ramos singled to right, Wendle scored, Cron to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Hu Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez singled to center
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Chirinos lined out to center
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike swinging, Nunez to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Hu Pitching:
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa lined out to center
            • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Strike looking, Tocci lined out to left
            • S. Choo: Choo singled to left center
            • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robinson walked, Choo to second
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Mazara homered to right, Choo and Robinson scored
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Beltre fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Gomez flied out to right
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
            • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre singled to right
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gallo flied out to left
            • Chih-Wei Hu relieved Blake Snell
            • R. Nunez: Nunez flied out to center
            • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos flied out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smith singled to left
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wendle grounded into double play second to first, Smith out at second
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Robinson singled to center
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Robinson out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos doubled to deep center
            • D. Robertson: Robertson grounded out to third
            • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Refsnyder struck out on foul tip
            • J. Field: Ball, Ball, Field popped out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos grounded out to third
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
            • C. Tocci: Ball, Ball, Tocci flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Martin Perez
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Foul, Smith reached on an infield single to third
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wendle walked, Smith to second
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Gomez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smith to third, Wendle out at second
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Gallo homered to center
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Cron homered to center
            • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to third
            • D. Robertson: Robertson homered to right center
            • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Refsnyder struck out looking
            • J. Field: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Field struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Tocci fouled out to right
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo grounded out to first
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • J. Field: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Field struck out looking
            • M. Smith: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Smith doubled to deep left
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Wendle grounded out to second, Smith to third
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria safe at first on shortstop Robinson fielding error, Smith scored
            • C. Gomez: Gomez popped out to second
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez grounded out to third
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Chirinos flied out to shallow right
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Refsnyder walked
            • J. Field: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Field walked, Refsnyder to second
            • M. Smith: Smith reached on bunt single to pitcher, Refsnyder to third, Field to second
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Foul, Foul, Wendle reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Refsnyder and Field scored, Smith out at second on left fielder Profar fielding error
            • Drew Robinson at shortstop
            • A. Hechavarria: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Hechavarria singled to left, Wendle to second
            • C. Gomez: Gomez singled to center, Wendle scored, Hechavarria to second
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
            • W. Ramos: Ramos singled to center, Hechavarria scored, Gomez to second
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Robertson walked, Gomez to third, Ramos to second
            • R. Refsnyder: Refsnyder lined out to center
            • End of the 2nd (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Choo flied out to deep center
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar singled to left
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mazara singled to right center, Profar to second
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Gallo struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • M. Duffy: Duffy singled to right
            • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Hechavarria popped out to second
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Duffy stole second, Gomez flied out to left
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cron singled to right, Duffy to third
            • Joey Wendle ran for Matt Duffy
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos singled to right, Wendle scored, Cron to second
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Robertson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Ramos out at second
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)