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Posted: Aug 12, 2014 11:32 PM

Updated: Aug 12, 2014 11:33 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Carlos Ramos walked Adam Rosales with two outs in the 14th inning to force in the winning run and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Ramos (2-5), the Rays' seventh pitcher, walked Rosales on four pitches, allowing pinch-running pitcher Nick Martinez to score.

Texas' sixth pitcher, Scott Baker (1-3) earned the victory with two scoreless innings. The Rangers had lost all 20 games in which he appeared before Tuesday.

Geovany Soto reached on third baseman Evan Longoria's error with one out in the 14th. Martinez entered and advanced on singles by Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo before Rosales walked.

Rangers starter Nick Tepesch allowed no hits until Sean Rodriguez singled to lead off the fifth inning.

Texas tied the score 2-all in the seventh against reliever Joel Peralta. Leonys Martin led off with a single and Soto doubled. Odor's sacrifice fly and a double by Choo drove in the runs.

Rays right fielder Kevin Kiermaier then threw out Choo trying to score on Elvis Andrus' single.

Triples by Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce led to the Rays' two runs in the sixth. Jennings scored on Ben Zobrist's sacrifice fly, and Joyce jogged home after Odor's relay throw bounced into the stands.

Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits. He preserved the Rays' 2-0 lead in the sixth after Texas put runners on second and third with one out. He struck out Jim Adduci and retired J.P. Arencibia on a grounder.

Tepesch allowed four hits and no walks in seven innings.


Rays: Kiermaier, who left Monday's game because of tightness in his left lower back, returned to the lineup.

Rangers: RF Alex Rios (sprained right ankle) wasn't in the lineup for the second consecutive game, but pinch hit in the 13th inning. ... RHP Tanner Scheppers, out for the season with an inflamed elbow, said he would be a reliever next year.


The teams will play the third game of a four-game set Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay: RHP Chris Archer (7-6, 3.33) hasn't pitched in Arlington, and is 0-0 with a 2.77 career starts against Texas.

Rangers: RHP Miles Mikolas (1-4), who has lowered his ERA from 10.05 to 6.57 in his last four starts, will face the Rays for the first time.

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