Rays take lead for top Wild Card spot

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 16, 2013
Rookie Wil Myers homered and had three RBIs, Alex Cobb pitched eight solid innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays took the lead for the first AL wild-card spot by beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Monday night. Tampa Bay and Texas started play one-half game ahead of Cleveland, which was at Kansas City, in race for the two wild-card spots. Myers had a second-inning solo shot and hit a two-run double during a four-run fifth. Cobb (9-3) allowed two runs, six hits, one walk and had 10 strikeouts. Matt Garza (9-6, 3-5 with Texas) gave up six runs and eight hits over 4 1-3 innings to lose his third straight start for the Rangers, who have lost seven in a row and are 2-12 in September. The announced crowd was just 10,724. The Rays entered with the major's lowest home attendance average of 18,747. Tampa Bay went up 6-2 in the fifth. After James Loney and Evan Longoria both had RBI singles against Garza, Myers drove in two with a double off Jason Frasor. Garza, who was the MVP of the 2008 AL championship series when Tampa Bay beat Boston, pitched against the Rays for first time since being traded to the Chicago Cubs on Jan. 8, 2011. Texas obtained the right-hander from the Cubs on July 22. The Rays took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Desmond Jennings' sacrifice fly. Texas pulled even at 2 during the fifth when Mitch Moreland, mired in an 0 for 22 slide, doubled and scored on Ian Kinsler's double. Kinsler was caught attempting to steal third to end the inning. Myers put the Rays up 1-0 on his 13th homer, an opposite-field drive to right in the second. Cobb retired nine in a row, including his four batters on strikeouts, before Kinsler doubled to start the fourth. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Elvis Andrus, Kinsler got tagged out during a rundown on Alex Rios' grounder to third. A.J. Pierzynski tied it at 1 later in the fourth with an RBI single. Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin made a strong defensive play in the third, throwing out Yunel Escobar, who tried to score from second on Ben Zobrist's single. NOTES: Myers flew out to the center field fence with the bases loaded to end the sixth. ... The Rangers held a players only meeting before batting practice. ... Rays reliever Jesse Crain (strained right shoulder) threw in a simulated game and will have his status evaluated Tuesday. ... Texas DH Lance Berkman (left hip and right knee) was in the starting lineup for the first time in two weeks and went 0 for 4.. ... The Golf Channel's Holly Sonders used a golf club from in front of the mound to hit a ball to the plate for the ceremonial first pitch.
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