Longoria homers twice, Rays beat Rangers

9:37 PM, Aug 29, 2012   |    comments
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria
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Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton provided the power early and the Tampa Bay Rays snapped their four-game losing skid.

Longoria hit a pair of homers and drove in three, Upton smacked a three-run shot and Elliot Johnson added a solo blast in an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday.

Alex Cobb, who's tied for the American League lead with four wins in August, didn't make it out of the fifth inning. He surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and a walk over 4 2/3 frames for Tampa Bay.

Jake McGee (5-2) tossed a 1-2-3 sixth to pick up the win.

Josh Hamilton hit his 36th homer and Matt Harrison (15-8) was touched for seven runs on 12 hits and a walk over 5 1/3 frames for Texas, which had won six of its last seven coming in.

The Rays jumped out to a 6-0 lead after plating three runs in each of the first two innings.

Desmond Jennings led off the game with a single and came home two batters later when Ben Zobrist doubled down the left field line. Longoria then hit a two-run homer to center field.

In the second, Sam Fuld lined a one-out triple to right and Jennings walked before Upton belted a three-run blast deep into the seats in left field for a 6-0 lead.

The Rangers got two runs back in the home half and a run apiece in the third and fifth frames.

David Murphy had a one-out single in the second and Mitch Moreland cracked a two-run homer over the left-center field wall.

Nelson Cruz grounded into an RBI fielder's choice in the third and Hamilton launched a one-out solo homer in the fifth into the second deck in right field to make it 6-4.

Johnson got a run back for the Rays in the sixth with a leadoff homer to left field and Longoria added some insurance in the ninth with a blast to center field.

Game Notes

Harrison is 1-2 with 5.55 ERA in his career against the Rays ... Upton's homer was his 16th of the year ... Tampa Bay was 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while Texas finished 1-for-7.

 

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