Snell has 12 strikeouts in 6 innings, Rays beat Rangers 6-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Snell has felt good on the mound despite not getting a lot of wins.

After a difficult stretch, the left-hander got a good outcome Sunday.

Snell (5-7, 4.87 ERA) struck out 12 over six innings for just his second win in 10 starts and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Sunday.

''The way that I feel and what I'm doing I believe it's better than last year,'' Snell, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, said. ''Consistency, swing-and-miss, strikes, less walks, weak contact, everything. The only thing that's bad is ERA and length that I'm going in starts.''

Snell gave up three hits during an 80-pitch outing. He had an 11.94 ERA (17 1/3 innings, 23 earned runs) in five previous starts this month.

''Did a lot of things actually very similar to what he's been doing,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Just a little better at command and location to those pitches.''

Snell threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of 20 batters.

''He wasn't really doing that before,'' Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. ''When he's ahead in the count, he's a Cy Young winner for a reason.''

Tommy Pham homered for the Rays, who won consecutive games for the first time since June 9-10. The first AL wild card leaders went 13-16 in June.

Four Tampa Bay relievers completed a four-hitter that included 17 strikeouts.

Texas got a two-run homer from Joey Gallo.

After Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI single and Willy Adames added a run-scoring single off Jesse Chavez (3-3) the fourth, Pham's fifth-inning solo shot made it 4-2.

Chavez allowed four runs and five hits in six innings.

Kiermaier had an RBI triple in a two-run eighth.

Gallo's two-run homer in the fourth off Snell got stuck on the ''D-Ring'' catwalk, which is approximately 70-feet above the right-field seats.

''I didn't notice that it didn't come down,'' Gallo said. ''But that was a pretty cool home run off a guy who's really nasty.''

Gallo had the only Texas hit through three innings, a leadoff bunt single in the second against a shift that had four outfielders and three infielders on the first-base side of second.

He was thrown out on another bunt attempt in the seventh against Colin Poche with a runner on first and no outs, and Texas trailing 4-2.

''Obviously a lot came into play,'' said Gallo, who talked with Woodward about the situation before the at-bat. ''It's a tough lefty who struck me out the day before. Obviously if I lay one down and get it a little more over to the left, we're having a different conversation about it.''

Cash was ejected by plate umpire Bruce Dreckman in the second for arguing after Avisail Garcia took a called third strike.

''Bruce Dreckman does a tremendous job,'' Cash said. ''We just didn't see eye-to-eye.''

MORE McKAY

Rays two-way player Brendan McKay could hit before the All-Star break. ''If there's an opportunity to get him in there where we feel it's a fit with his workload we'll do that,'' manager Kevin Cash said. McKay allowed one hit in six innings Saturday to get the win in his debut against Texas and is scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees Friday night.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor, hurt Friday running the bases, was scratched due to lingering left hamstring tightness but pinch-hit in the ninth. ... 3B Asdrubal Cabrera sat out with lower back tightness.

UP NEXT

Rangers: AL ERA leader Mike Minor (8-4, 2.40) will face Los Angeles Angels LHP Jose Suarez (2-1) Monday night. Minor has gone eight-or-more innings, including a complete game Wednesday at Detroit, while allowing one run in two straight starts.

Rays: Opener Ryne Stanek (0-1) will start Monday night's game against Baltimore, which hasn't announced a starter.

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  • W: B. Snell (5-7)L: J. Chavez (3-3)
  • HR: TEX - J. Gallo (20), TB - T. Pham (13)
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  • b-struck out for Mathis in the 8th
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A. Meadows DH40100010.291.366.516.8820.5
T. Pham LF41111032.284.384.468.8524.5
B. Lowe 2B40000032.271.333.513.846-1.5
Y. Diaz 1B43300000.284.354.500.8549.0
K. Kiermaier CF42220001.244.294.431.72610.0
A. Garcia RF30000113.274.331.453.7840.5
J. Wendle 3B20010011.176.253.216.4693.5
W. Adames SS40110022.253.319.412.7312.0
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    BATTING
    • HR - J. Gallo (20)
    • SH - J. Gallo
    • RBI - J. Gallo 2 (46)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Gallo 2 (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Calhoun
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Diaz 3 (16), W. Adames (12)
    • 3B - K. Kiermaier (6)
    • HR - T. Pham (13)
    • SF - J. Wendle
    • RBI - T. Pham (35), K. Kiermaier 2 (36), J. Wendle (4), W. Adames (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Adames (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe 2 (2), W. Adames, T. d'Arnaud 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Gallo
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Kiermaier (14), J. Wendle
    FIELDING
    • E - E. Andrus (6)
    • PB - T. Federowicz
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Chavez (L, 3-3)6.05430812.971.1812.0
    B. Martin1.02000304.231.232.5
    J. Leclerc1.02211204.581.260.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Chavez (L, 3-3)6.0
    B. Martin1.0
    J. Leclerc1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Snell (W, 5-7)6.032201214.871.2829.0
    C. Roe0.01000004.381.74-1.0
    C. Poche (H, 4)0.20000103.650.650.5
    A. Kolarek (H, 13)1.10000304.131.324.5
    E. Pagan1.00000101.140.823.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Snell (W, 5-7)6.0
    C. Roe0.0
    C. Poche (H, 4)0.2
    A. Kolarek (H, 13)1.1
    E. Pagan1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Chavez (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chavez 87-59, B. Martin 23-16, J. Leclerc 24-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chavez 5-6, J. Leclerc 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Chavez 25, B. Martin 5, J. Leclerc 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 80-56, C. Roe 3-2, C. Poche 5-5, A. Kolarek 16-11, E. Pagan 8-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 2-3, C. Poche 1-0, A. Kolarek 1-0, E. Pagan 1-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Snell 20, C. Roe, C. Poche 2, A. Kolarek 4, E. Pagan 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    D. DeShields CF30000020.248.353.323.676-1.0
    a- R. Odor PH10000000.187.259.370.6290.0
    E. Andrus SS41200000.309.345.457.8023.0
    J. Gallo LF21221000.286.426.6831.1097.0
    L. Forsythe 3B30000032.259.360.402.762-1.5
    W. Calhoun DH30000021.318.357.576.933-1.0
    D. Santana 2B30000020.297.333.523.856-1.0
    R. Guzman 1B30000030.216.297.437.734-1.5
    J. Mathis C20000020.152.208.217.425-1.0
    b- N. Mazara PH10000010.264.318.449.766-0.5
    T. Federowicz C00000000.194.265.419.6840.0
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    • a-flied out for DeShields in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Mathis in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Meadows DH40100010.291.366.516.8820.5
    T. Pham LF41111032.284.384.468.8524.5
    B. Lowe 2B40000032.271.333.513.846-1.5
    Y. Diaz 1B43300000.284.354.500.8549.0
    K. Kiermaier CF42220001.244.294.431.72610.0
    A. Garcia RF30000113.274.331.453.7840.5
    J. Wendle 3B20010011.176.253.216.4693.5
    W. Adames SS40110022.253.319.412.7312.0
    T. d'Arnaud C40100023.206.261.365.6260.0
    B. Snell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • HR - J. Gallo (20)
      • SH - J. Gallo
      • RBI - J. Gallo 2 (46)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Gallo 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Calhoun
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Diaz 3 (16), W. Adames (12)
      • 3B - K. Kiermaier (6)
      • HR - T. Pham (13)
      • SF - J. Wendle
      • RBI - T. Pham (35), K. Kiermaier 2 (36), J. Wendle (4), W. Adames (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Adames (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe 2 (2), W. Adames, T. d'Arnaud 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Gallo
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Kiermaier (14), J. Wendle
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Andrus (6)
      • PB - T. Federowicz
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Chavez (L, 3-3)6.05430812.971.1812.0
      B. Martin1.02000304.231.232.5
      J. Leclerc1.02211204.581.260.0
      Total8.09641131---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Chavez (L, 3-3)6.0
      B. Martin1.0
      J. Leclerc1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (W, 5-7)6.032201214.871.2829.0
      C. Roe0.01000004.381.74-1.0
      C. Poche (H, 4)0.20000103.650.650.5
      A. Kolarek (H, 13)1.10000304.131.324.5
      E. Pagan1.00000101.140.823.5
      Total9.04220171---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (W, 5-7)6.0
      C. Roe0.0
      C. Poche (H, 4)0.2
      A. Kolarek (H, 13)1.1
      E. Pagan1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Chavez (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chavez 87-59, B. Martin 23-16, J. Leclerc 24-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chavez 5-6, J. Leclerc 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Chavez 25, B. Martin 5, J. Leclerc 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 80-56, C. Roe 3-2, C. Poche 5-5, A. Kolarek 16-11, E. Pagan 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 2-3, C. Poche 1-0, A. Kolarek 1-0, E. Pagan 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 20, C. Roe, C. Poche 2, A. Kolarek 4, E. Pagan 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Kiermaier scored on passed ball26
        Kiermaier tripled to deep right, Diaz scored25
      • 5TH INNING
        Pham homered to right center24
      • 4TH INNING
        Adames doubled to left center, Kiermaier scored, Wendle to third23
        Kiermaier singled to center, Diaz scored22
        Gallo homered to right, Andrus scored21
      • 2ND INNING
        Wendle hit sacrifice fly to center, Diaz scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Adam Kolarek
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
        • Rougned Odor hit for Delino DeShields
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor flied out to right
        • E. Andrus: Andrus grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Kolarek Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Guzman struck out looking
        • Nomar Mazara hit for Jeff Mathis
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tim Federowicz catching
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Brett Martin
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz doubled to deep right center
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier tripled to deep right, Diaz scored
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier scored on passed ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle reached on fielder's choice to second, Garcia out at second
        • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging, Wendle stole second
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Chaz Roe relieved Blake Snell
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Andrus singled to center
        • Colin Poche relieved Chaz Roe
        • J. Gallo: Gallo hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Andrus to second
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • Adam Kolarek relieved Colin Poche
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brett Martin relieved Jesse Chavez
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, d'Arnaud singled to left
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows singled to center, d'Arnaud to third
        • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • B. Lowe: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Choo flied out to deep right
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to second
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Garcia lined out to right
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wendle struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows flied out to left
        • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Pham homered to right center
        • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Lowe flied out to center
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Choo grounded out to shortstop
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Andrus singled to left
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Gallo homered to right, Andrus scored
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • B. Lowe: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Lowe struck out looking
        • Y. Diaz: Diaz doubled to right
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier singled to center, Diaz scored
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia flied out to left
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Wendle hit by pitch, Kiermaier to second
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Adames doubled to left center, Kiermaier scored, Wendle to third
        • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Mathis struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, d'Arnaud grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Gallo reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gallo caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Foul tip, Calhoun struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz doubled to deep right
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Kiermaier safe at first on shortstop Andrus throwing error, Diaz to third
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Wendle hit sacrifice fly to center, Diaz scored
        • W. Adames: Adames lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Andrus flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Meadows grounded out to second
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Pham struck out on foul tip
        • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Lowe struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)