Beltre, Rodriguez carry Rangers to win over Rays

BY foxsports • May 10, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Adrian Beltre homered and drove in two runs, and Wandy Rodriguez gave the Texas Rangers a record-setting pitching performance Sunday in a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Beltre's tiebreaking single off Kevin Jepsen (0-2) came in the eighth inning after a couple of walks.

Keone Kela (3-1) got the win after Rodriguez established a franchise mark for consecutive batters retired.

The 36-year-old lefty set down the first 15 Rays before Tim Beckham led off the Tampa Bay sixth with a line-drive single. Following the 19 straight hitters Rodriguez retired in his previous start, he broke the team record of 31 in a row set by Ken Hill in 1996.

There was some doubt about whether Rodriguez could continue to pitch when he walked off the mound in the third favoring his left leg. But he stayed in the game after a few warmup pitches.

Rodriguez gave up two hits while striking out six in six innings. Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Beltre led off the fourth with his third home run of the season. It was the 398th of his career, tying Dale Murphy for 54th place.

Beltre's homer was the first this season off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, who gave up seven hits while striking out seven in 6 2-3 innings. Odorizzi has allowed no more than one run in five of his seven starts.

Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton and manager Kevin Cash were ejected by plate umpire Mike Estabrook for arguing after Rodriguez's strikeout of Joey Butler in the fifth.

Shin-Soo Choo extended his hitting streak to 10 games with two doubles for the Rangers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton (right shoulder) joined Triple-A Round Rock for a rehab assignment.

Rays: It's uncertain if surgery is a possibility for LHP Drew Smyly (left shoulder). He went on the DL for the second time this season Friday.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis (2-2) will face Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy (2-1) on Monday night.

Rays: Tampa Bay opens a four-game home series Monday night against the New York Yankees. Alex Rodriguez reached base in eight of 14 plate appearances with two homers, four RBIs and six runs in a three-game sweep at Tropicana Field last month.

 


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