St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Cobb threw eight strong innings and
the Tampa Bay Rays beat the free-falling Texas Rangers 6-2 Monday night in the
opener of a four-game series.
Wil Myers hit a solo homer and had three RBI and Ben Zobrist reached base four
times with three hits and a walk for the Rays, who remained atop the AL wild
card standings with their fourth win in five games.
The Rangers were tied for the wild card lead with Tampa Bay coming into the
game but fell to 2-12 in their last 14 games.
Cobb (9-3) struck out 10, walked one and gave up two runs and six hits. The
Rays won for the first time in his last five starts.
Matt Garza (3-5) was charged with six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first-ever
start against his former team. Garza, who pitched for Rays from 2008-10, gave
up eight hits and two walks and struck out three.
Garza made his first appearance at Tropicana Field since the Rays dealt him to
the Cubs on Jan. 8, 2011.
The Rays chased him from the game during a four-run rally in the fifth inning.
David DeJesus doubled with one out and Zobrist, James Loney and Evan Longoria
hit consecutive singles, with Loney and Longoria both knocking in a run. Jason
Frasor replaced Garza and Myers greeted him with a two-run double to make it
Cobb, who threw 74 of his 106 pitches for strikes, retired nine of the last 11
batters he faced. Jamey Wright threw a 1-2-3 ninth to finish off the win.
Earlier, Myers homered on Garza's first pitch of the second inning, smacking
it to the opposite way and just over the right-field fence for a 1-0 Rays
After A.J. Pierzynski's RBI single tied the game in the fourth, the Rays took
a 2-1 lead on Desmond Jennings' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning.
The Rangers tied the game again on Ian Kinsler's RBI double in the top of the
The Rangers' slide has them far back of the Oakland Athletics in the AL West
and battling for one of the two wild card spots instead of a division title
... Garza is winless in his last five starts and the Rangers are 1-4 in those
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