Rangers take second against Tampa, look to sweep the series Sunday


Much like the game they won in Seattle when they scored eight runs in the top of the 11th, one inning saw the floodgates open for the Rangers as they scored seven runs off Chris Archer in the sixth to go up 10-1 and rolled to a 12-4 victory over the Rays on Saturday night. Colby Lewis picked up his 13th win of the season and now has a record of 13-5 on the season. Chris Gimenez had himself a night, launching a two run homerun while collecting three RBIs.

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Back to back doubles in the first from Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder got the Rangers on the board. In the second Chris Gimenez hit a 422 foot homer to deep center which scored Rougned Odor, which was the second of the season for Gimenez. John Jaso hit an infield single to score Rob Kiermaier in the top of the fifth to make it 3-1, and that was as close as the Rays would get.

In the sixth Gimenez hit an RBI single to score Elvis Andrus, then Delino DeShields hit a single to score Odor, Choo singled to score Gimenez, Prince Fielder hit into a fielder’s choice to score DeShields on an error by pitcher Kirby Yates, then Adrian Beltre brought the thunder with a three run homer to left to make it 10-1 Texas.

With the bases loaded in the seventh Evan Longoria singled to left to score two for Tampa and make it 10-3, but he was later picked off to end the inning. In the bottom of the seventh Choo hit a two run dinger with Odor on base to make it 12-3.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo shot in the top of the eighth to make it 12-4, but the Rangers still cruised to victory. The series finale will be a day game tomorrow at Globe Life Park with Yovani Gallardo taking the hill for the Rangers against Drew Smyly.