St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - A four-game series between Texas and
Tampa Bay for control of the AL wild-card lead settled nothing.
The standings remained as they were prior to this set at Tropicana Field, with
the Rangers and Rays tied at the top.
Elvis Andrus knocked in three runs, Craig Gentry had four hits with an RBI,
and the Rangers earned a split with a critical 8-2 win on Thursday.
The teams have a half-game lead over Cleveland in the wild-card race. The
Rangers clinched the season series for them at 4-3, giving them home-field
advantage in the wild-card game if they finish with the same record as the
An anticipated pitchers' duel between Texas' Yu Darvish and the Rays' Matt
Moore never materialized as both struggled on the mound.
Darvish (13-9), who had lost a career-high four straight starts, needed 109
pitches to complete five innings. The Japanese right-hander surrendered just
two first-inning runs, but matched a personal worst with six walks.
Moore (15-4) lasted only four frames, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on
seven hits. He struck out six and walked one in his first loss since June 14.
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