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Rangers win 6-5 as Rays slip out of wild card

 Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus, left, and Josh Hamilton (32) celebrate in the dugout after the two scored on a double by Adrian Beltre in the third inni...
 Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre follows through on his solo home run off a pitch from Tampa Bay Rays' David Price in the second inning of a baseball gam...

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Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus, left, and Josh Hamilton (32) celebrate in the dugout after the two scored on a double by Adrian Beltre in the third inni...

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Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre follows through on his solo home run off a pitch from Tampa Bay Rays' David Price in the second inning of a baseball gam...

The Texas Rangers maintained their healthy lead in the American League West while putting a dent in Tampa Bay's playoff ambitions by beating the Rays 6-5 on Monday, thanks mainly to Adrian Beltre going 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs.
Beltre singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning for Texas, which maintained a 5 1-2 game divisional lead, making it the most comfortably placed of the AL playoff contenders at the business end of the regular season.
Tampa Bay ace David Price (16-5) had a rare off night, lasting only four innings. In four career starts at Rangers Ballpark, he has a dismal ERA of 10.26.
The Rays temporarily fell out of the provisional playoff positions, with the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics taking over the wild-card berths.
Baltimore had a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox, with Nate McLouth putting the Orioles ahead with a two-run homer in the eighth inning. Baltimore leapfrogged the Rays into second place in the AL East, 3 1-2 games behind the New York Yankees, while Chicago's six-game winning streak was ended and its lead in the AL Central trimmed to two games.
The Yankees were beaten at home 8-7 in dramatic style by the Toronto Blue Jays. With two outs in the top of the ninth, New York was leading by two runs, with a win seemingly assured, only for Colby Rasmus to hit a three-run homer off Rafael Soriano and put the visitors ahead.
Derek Jeter homered for the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth to square the game, but an errant pick-off attempt by New York's Derek Lowe in the 11th allowed a runner to scamper to third, and he dashed home on a subsequent play.
Oakland had a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians, with Brett Anderson (2-0) pitching seven scoreless innings in his second start back from a long-term injury.
In other AL games, the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 and the Seattle Mariners won 1-0 at the Minnesota Twins.
In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals had a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, opening a three-game gap between the teams sitting second and third in the Central division.
Matt Holliday scored the tiebreaking run with a homer leading off the sixth inning, while St. Louis starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (14-2) won his eighth consecutive decision.
The Cardinals hold the second wild-card spot but remained six games behind division leader Cincinnati, which edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2. Bronson Arroyo (11-7) starred for the Reds on the mound and at the plate, pitching six strong innings and hitting a homer in the sixth to put Cincinnati in front to stay.
The Atlanta Braves suffered a setback in their pursuit of NL East-leading Washington, going down 3-0 at the San Diego Padres. The Padres have long been out of playoff contention but have won eight straight, the latest due mainly to pitcher Casey Kelly keeping the Braves scoreless on his major league debut. Atlanta holds the first wild-card but is five games behind Washington.
The Los Angeles Dodgers also had their postseason hopes dented by a 10-0 thrashing at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. Josh Beckett made his much-anticipated first start for the Dodgers but gave up a homer with his second pitch and it all went downhill from there for the Dodgers, who now trail NL West leader San Francisco by 2 1-2 games.
In the other NL game, the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Chicago Cubs 15-4.


Updated : 2021-07-29 17:52 GMT+08:00