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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi and one sterling defensive play helped the Tampa Bay Rays give the Texas Rangers a rare loss Saturday night.
Evan Longoria and Luke Maile homered, Odorizzi won his fifth game since the All-Star break and the Rays ended the Rangers' four-game winning streak with an 8-2 victory.
Odorizzi (8-5) is 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. He allowed six hits and struck out four over six innings, but the damage might've been worse if not for a key relay in the sixth.
With Tampa Bay up 2-1, Texas' Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-out double that appeared to score Adrian Beltre until a replay review showed second baseman Tim Beckham's throw was in time to get Beltre and end the inning.
"They made a good relay throw to the plate," Lucroy said. "Good defense, I guess."
The Rangers didn't score again until the ninth inning when they were seven runs down.
"An extremely close play at the plate," Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said. "I believe that changes the complexion of the game. ... Beckham made a great throw that got Beltre at the plate, made it as close as possible. It was ruled safe and then got overturned. But if that ball goes off line or if Beckham hesitates at all, he's safe."
Lucroy was the last batter Odorizzi faced.
"Everybody did their job on that play and gave 100 percent. It's a nice way to end a tough outing like that," Odorizzi said. "They made me work tonight. We just came out ahead."
Beltre and Elvis Andrus had two hits each for the Rangers, who entered with a seven-game lead in the AL West.
The Rays scored in each of the first two innings off starter A.J. Griffin (5-3). Longoria drove in a run with a two-out single in the first, and Maile made it 2-0 with his first career home run in the second. Longoria's 28th homer made it 3-1 in the sixth.
Brad Miller had a three-run double in the seventh for Tampa Bay off reliever Keone Kela.
Rougned Odor hit his 23rd homer in the fourth for the only run against Odorizzi.
Nomar Mazara hit his 14th home run for the Rangers in the ninth.
Griffin pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out four.
Beltre's two-homer, four-hit game Friday night occurred after he was informed of his grandfather's death on Thursday, the Rangers said. Beltre has yet to inform the team of any plans to take a bereavement leave.
"To be able to do what he did last night is in itself incredible without any external distractions," manager Jeff Bannister said. "To be going through that, I'm sure, was extremely tough for him."
The Raymond & DJ Kitty Double Bobblehead giveaway will not happen at Sunday's game after the vendor informed the Rays the shipment would not arrive on time. The Rays will issue vouchers to kids 14 and under who attend Sunday's game.
Rangers: LHP Derek Holland, who last pitched for the Rangers on June 20, threw another bullpen session Saturday. Bannister is "leaning towards having him make his start (Tuesday) in Cincinnati."
Rays: 2B Logan Forsythe (back spasms) could be back in the starting lineup Sunday. ... CF Kevin Kiermaier didn't play after leaving two innings into a game Friday night due to left hip soreness. "Hip is still pretty tight," he said.
LHP Martin Perez (8-8) will start Sunday's series finale for the Rangers, making make his 26th start, which will tie for the AL lead. Rays LHP Drew Smyly is 5-11 with a 4.85 ERA but gave up only one hit in Monday's 8-2 win over San Diego.
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