Recap: Texas vs. Tampa Bay

 

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Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Longoria delivered a home run and three RBI in the Tampa Bay Rays' 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers in the finale of a four-game series on Thursday.

Logan Forsythe knocked a two-run homer for Tampa Bay, which won for the sixth time in its last eight games. Jake Odorizzi (9-9) tossed seven innings of two- run ball, allowing four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts to earn the win. James Loney drove in the other run for the Rays.

Geovany Soto connected on a two-run shot and Rougned Odor poked a solo homer for Texas, which dropped three of four in the series.

Robbie Ross Jr. (2-5), who was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to make the start for an injured Yu Darvish, surrendered six runs on eight hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings of work.

Yunel Escobar reached on an infield single to third with two outs in the second and Forsythe followed with a homer to left that gave the Rays a 2-0 lead.

Brandon Guyer singled with one gone an inning later, stole second and scored on Longoria's bloop single to left. Longoria moved up on a wild pitch by Ross and Loney made the southpaw pay by slapping a base hit into right that made it a 4-0 game.

Leonys Martin laid down a bunt with two outs in the fourth to reach with a single before Soto blasted his first homer of the season to cut the deficit to 4-2.

After a walk to Ben Zobrist, Longoria turned on a 3-2 fastball and drilled it over the wall in left to restore the four-run cushion.

Jeff Beliveau relieved Odorizzi, who set down 10 straight since Soto's homer in the fourth, in the eighth and immediately allowed a homer to Rougned Odor.

Jake McGee came on in the ninth and converted his 13th save of the season.

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