Texas 1, Tampa Bay 0

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Temperature - 89°
Umpires - Home Plate - Brian Knight, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski,
Attendance - 30700

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Texas 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 70-59 35-30 35-29 L4
Texas 77-52 43-24 34-28 W2

Recap


Rangers 1, Rays 0:
Ian Kinsler homered and Yu Darvish outdueled James Shields as host Texas beat Tampa Bay for the second straight night.

Shields retired the first nine batters he faced before Kinsler led off the fourth with his 16th homer of the season as Texas won for the sixth time in seven games and maintained its 5 1/2-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.

Darvish (13-9) struck out 10 in seven innings and allowed just six hits and two walks. He was sharp after being skipped for a turn in the rotation to allow him time to recover from a quadriceps injury.

Mike Adams pitched a scoreless eighth and Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth for his 27th save in 28 opportunities. Nathan has converted 25 straight save chances, tying a franchise record.

Shields (12-8) allowed just one run and three hits in seven innings but wasn’t able to keep the Rays from suffering their fourth straight loss. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two while having his four-game winning streak halted.

Sam Fuld went 3-for-3 for the Rays, who fell 1 1/2 games behind Oakland and Baltimore in the wild card race.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Darvish has struck out 10 or more batters eight times this season. … Rays OF Matt Joyce left the game in the second inning with a forearm injury and was replaced by Fuld. … Rangers SS Elvis Andrus went 1-for-3 against Shields to drop his career average against him to .579. … Tampa Bay plans to activate RHP Jeff Niemann to start Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays and will move LHP David Price back one day. Niemann broke his right fibula on May 14. … Rays 1B Carlos Pena fanned in all four at-bats.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Texas
James Shields Player Yu Darvish
Loss W/L Win
7.0 IP 7.0
8 Strikeouts 10
3 Hits 6
1.29 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Texas
Sam Fuld Player Mitch Moreland
3 Hits 1
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
3 TB 1
1.000 Avg .333

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 7 0 8 .219 17 14 0 2 1 0
Texas 4 1 7 .154 8 8 1 2 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Texas will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Rangers have a W/L % of .545 after a win and .673 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Texas. The Rays have a W/L % of .577 after a win and .500 after a loss.