Tampa Bay 8, Texas 4

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Temperature - 95°
Umpires - Home Plate - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Brian Knight,
Attendance - 36176

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 16 1
Texas 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 9 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 71-59 35-30 36-29 W1
Texas 77-53 43-25 34-28 L1

Recap


Rays 8, Rangers 4: Evan Longoria hit two homers and B.J. Upton and Elliot Johnson also went deep as visiting Tampa Bay torched Texas All-Star Matt Harrison for the second time this season.

Jeff Keppinger went 4-for-5 and Ben Zobrist had three hits as the Rays banged out 16 hits and broke a four-game losing skid.

Tampa Bay touched up Harrison (15-8) for seven runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Rays racked up seven runs (six earned) and a career-worst 14 hits against the Texas left-hander back in April.

The American League West-leading Rangers were held to one hit over the final 4 1/3 innings by five Tampa Bay relievers while falling for just the second time in eight games.

Tampa Bay jumped on Harrison for three runs in both the first and second innings. Zobrist doubled in a run in the opening inning and Longoria smacked a two-run homer to center.

Upton hit a three-run blast to left in the second to make it 6-0.

Texas scored four unanswered runs to get back in the game. Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer in the second, Nelson Cruz drove in a run on a third-inning fielder’s choice and Josh Hamilton hit his 36th homer in the fifth.

Johnson’s homer in the sixth pushed Tampa Bay’s lead back to three runs. Longoria hit a solo shot to center in the ninth.

Jake McGee (5-2) was credited with the victory. He hurled a scoreless sixth inning.

Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed four runs (three earned) and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Keppinger had three of his four hits against Harrison and is 6-for-6 against the lefty this season. … Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (elbow) was in the lineup one night after leaving the game after being hit by a pitch. He went 1-for-4. … Upton stole his 25th base, leaving him five shy of his fifth consecutive 30-steal campaign. … Texas turned four double plays.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Texas
Alex Cobb Player Matt Harrison
No Decision W/L Loss
4.2 IP 5.1
3 Strikeouts 5
8 Hits 12
5.79 ERA 11.81
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Texas
Jeff Keppinger Player Josh Hamilton
4 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
4 TB 5
.800 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 16 4 31 .400 16 7 8 1 2 1
Texas 9 2 16 .250 13 8 4 1 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Texas will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Rangers have a W/L % of .538 after a win and .673 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Rays have a W/L % of .577 after a win and .508 after a loss.