The Tampa Bay Rays (38-23) defeated the Texas Rangers (23-38) 7-1 on Sunday afternoon in Arlington. The win gives Tampa Bay a series win over the Rangers in Texas.
The Rangers got their only run of the game in the first inning, when Brock Holt was able to score while Nate Lowe grounded into a double play. For the longest time that appeared to be all the offense the Rangers would need, but the Rays bats came alive late.
After the Rays got the bases loaded in the eighth inning, Yandy Diaz took a bases loaded walk to tie the game. Moments later Taylor Walls came through with a two-run double to give the Rays the lead. Then in the ninth Tampa Bay added on - first a two-run single from Austin Meadows, followed by a two-run bomb from Yandy Diaz to open this game up.
Michael Wacha allowed one earned run in two and two thirds innings of work starting the game on a bullpen day, while J.P. Feyereisen (2-2, 2.60) picked up the win in relief.
The Rays are now off on Monday and return to Tampa Bay for a series against the Washington Nationals which comes up on Tuesday night. First pitch Tuesday night is scheduled for 7:10 PM - pregame coverage begins with Jay Recher and the Inside Pitch at 6 on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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