Lynn goes 8 strong inning, Rangers beat Rays 5-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The surging Texas Rangers are looking more and more like a serious playoff contender.

Lance Lynn struck out 10 over eight innings of three-hit ball, and the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Friday night for their season-best sixth-consecutive win.

Lynn (10-4) allowed just one runner to reach third base. The right-hander held Tampa Bay without a hit from two outs in the second until Willy Adames opened the eighth with a double.

''Got some quick outs, got some strikeouts, got some great plays behind me and we were able to score some runs early so I was able to attack,'' Lynn said.

Jose Leclerc completed a three-hitter for the Rangers, who moved into a tie for the first AL wild card with the Rays at 46-36.

''I don't think anybody in our clubhouse is surprised,'' Texas manager Chris Woodward said. ''We know we've got starting pitching and a bullpen that can execute pitches. We got on one of the best offenses, if not the best offense, in baseball. So we feel like we can match up with anybody.''

Tampa Bay was coming off a 3-7 road trip.

''We got outplayed, outpitched and they came up with some timely hits,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''We're a team right now that recognizes that things are not coming easy for us.''

Texas took a 3-0 lead in the second on an RBI double by Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman's two-run double off Yonny Chirinos (7-4).

Chirinos gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in six innings.

The third inning included a couple bizarre baserunning plays - one runner was thrown out on a walk, and another scored on an errant pickoff attempt following an infield hit.

Elvis Andrus was on first when Nomar Mazara drew a base on balls. Andrus safely reached second but took off for third when catcher Mike Zunino made an off-target throw to shortstop Adames, who started a rundown that resulted in an out.

Mazara advanced to second on Joey Gallo's infield single. The ball was returned to Chirinos, who then made a bad throw to second as center fielder Guillermo Heredia sneaked in behind Mazara, who scored to make it 4-0.

''I saw him coming in, and I wasn't surprised that he was coming in,'' Chirinos said through a translator. ''But I just made a bad throw.''

Woodward said the two plays had him ''looking around for a full moon.''

''Then I realized we were indoors because I didn't know what was going on,'' Woodward added. ''If you had your head down, you'd go, `What just happened?'''

Odor left in the ninth after what Woodward said was possibly a left hamstring cramp that happened on a single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: AL All-Star DH Hunter Pence (strained right groin) was encouraged after running the bases and could be back next week. ... LHP Jeffrey Springs (left biceps tendinitis) has been shutdown. ''It didn't seem to get better with treatment, so that's when the doctors said `OK, there's something going on in there,''' Woodward said.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier, who left Thursday's game with right calf tightness, didn't rule out starting Saturday.

REINSTATED

Rangers 3B Asdrubal Cabrera went 0 for 3 with a walk in his return after serving a three-game suspension for hitting an umpire with equipment. Cabrera is hitless in his last 19 at-bats.

JUST MISSED IT

Odor was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside-the-park homer after his sixth-inning hit got past a diving left fielder Tommy Pham. After Pham ran down the ball, he threw it to third baseman Joey Wendle, who made an accurate throw home.

UP NEXT

Rays two-way prospect Brendan McKay will make his major league debut Saturday against Rangers RHP Adrian Sampson (6-4). McKay was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five games with Triple-A Durham, where he also got at-bats as the DH.

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      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Odor (13), R. Guzman (16)
      • 3B - R. Odor
      • RBI - S. Choo (34), R. Odor (37), R. Guzman 2 (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, W. Calhoun, E. Andrus 2 (2), N. Mazara, A. Cabrera
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Adames (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe, J. Choi 2 (2), Y. Diaz, W. Adames
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Andrus (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Guzman)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Pham (6)
      • E - Y. Chirinos
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (W, 10-4)8.030011004.001.2135.0
      J. Leclerc1.00001104.461.212.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (W, 10-4)8.0
      J. Leclerc1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Chirinos (L, 7-4)6.05434503.101.006.5
      C. Sadler3.03111101.861.094.5
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Chirinos (L, 7-4)6.0
      C. Sadler3.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Lynn 2 (11)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 112-73, J. Leclerc 13-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 7-7, J. Leclerc 2-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 28, J. Leclerc 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Chirinos 105-59, C. Sadler 43-28
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Chirinos 7-4, C. Sadler 4-4
      • Batters Faced - Y. Chirinos 25, C. Sadler 13
      • Balks - Y. Chirinos (2)
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      E. Andrus SS30100102.307.344.459.8031.0
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      J. Gallo CF-LF40100011.279.424.6671.0910.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Odor (13), R. Guzman (16)
          • 3B - R. Odor
          • RBI - S. Choo (34), R. Odor (37), R. Guzman 2 (27)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, W. Calhoun, E. Andrus 2 (2), N. Mazara, A. Cabrera
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Adames (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe, J. Choi 2 (2), Y. Diaz, W. Adames
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - E. Andrus (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Guzman)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - T. Pham (6)
          • E - Y. Chirinos
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Lynn (W, 10-4)8.030011004.001.2135.0
          J. Leclerc1.00001104.461.212.5
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          PITCHERSIP
          L. Lynn (W, 10-4)8.0
          J. Leclerc1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Chirinos (L, 7-4)6.05434503.101.006.5
          C. Sadler3.03111101.861.094.5
          Total9.0854560---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Chirinos (L, 7-4)6.0
          C. Sadler3.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. Lynn 2 (11)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 112-73, J. Leclerc 13-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 7-7, J. Leclerc 2-0
          • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 28, J. Leclerc 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Chirinos 105-59, C. Sadler 43-28
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Chirinos 7-4, C. Sadler 4-4
          • Batters Faced - Y. Chirinos 25, C. Sadler 13
          • Balks - Y. Chirinos (2)
          • 9TH INNING
            Choo singled to shallow right center, Santana scored50
          • 3RD INNING
            Gallo reached on an infield single to second, Mazara scored, Gallo to second on Chirinos throwing error40
          • 2ND INNING
            Guzman doubled to deep right, Cabrera and Odor scored30
            Odor doubled to deep right, Mazara scored, Cabrera to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Sadler Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Odor singled to deep right
            • R. Guzman: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking
            • Guzman grounded out to first, Santana to second
            • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Mathis grounded out to second, Santana to third
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo singled to shallow right center, Santana scored
            • W. Calhoun: Foul, Calhoun flied out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Lance Lynn
            • Delino DeShields in center field
            • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Pham grounded out to third
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows walked
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Sadler Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Mazara flied out to deep right
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Gallo grounded out to second
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera flied out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Adames doubled to deep right center
            • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • G. Heredia: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adames to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Heredia struck out looking
            • B. Lowe: Lowe popped out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Casey Sadler relieved Yonny Chirinos
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Guzman grounded out to third
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
            • W. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Calhoun singled to shallow right center, Choo to second
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Andrus flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows flied out to center
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz grounded out to first
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Wendle fouled out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Gallo popped out to third
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Foul, Strike swinging, Odor tripled to deep left, Odor out at home
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • G. Heredia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Heredia struck out, reached on wild pitch
            • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowe walked, Heredia to second
            • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham flied out to right
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Choi lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Choo grounded out to first
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Andrus singled to center
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Andrus to second on balk, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wendle grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Adames: Foul, Adames grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Foul, Odor grounded out to second
            • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Mathis flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Choi grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Meadows: Meadows grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • W. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Calhoun flied out to left
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andrus walked
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Mazara walked, Andrus caught stealing third, catcher to shortstop to third to second
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gallo reached on an infield single to second, Mazara scored, Gallo to second on Chirinos throwing error
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia popped out to second
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Lowe flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked, Mazara to second
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Ball, Odor doubled to deep right, Mazara scored, Cabrera to third
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Guzman doubled to deep right, Cabrera and Odor scored
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Mathis grounded out to third
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Choo grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wendle singled to right
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo grounded out to pitcher
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Andrus: Andrus grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Lowe singled to center
            • T. Pham: Ball, Pham grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Lowe out at second
            • J. Choi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)