Rays rally for high-scoring win over Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tim Beckham's three-run homer capped a five-run seventh inning as the Tampa Bay Rays rallied for a 10-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
Tampa Bay, which played a 15-inning game Sunday, trailed 7-5 on Monday before scoring five off the Texas bullpen in the seventh.
Pinch hitter Colby Rasmus tied the game at 7 with a two-run double off Tony Barnette (1-1). Barnette then intentionally walked Kevin Kiermaier to get to Beckham, who drilled his eighth homer of the season to left-center.
Right-hander Jose De Leon (1-0), who was called up from Triple-A Durham earlier in the day, allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings yet still picked up the win in his first appearance for the Rays.
Alex Colome, the sixth Tampa Bay pitcher, struck out the side in the ninth for his 14th save.
Tampa Bay was forced to play catch-up throughout the game. The Rangers jumped to a 3-1 lead in the first inning off Erasmo Ramirez and led 5-3 after four frames.
Evan Longoria, who had RBI grounders in the first and third innings, tied the game at 5 with a two-run homer to center off Texas starter Martin Perez in the fifth inning.
Texas got the lead back in the sixth on a two-run single by Shin-Soo Choo, but the Texas bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Jeremy Jeffress allowed a double to open the seventh, and then Alex Claudio hit Corey Dickerson with a pitch. That set the stage for Rasmus to tie the game off Barnette, who allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Steven Souza Jr. went 4-for-5 for the Rays and scored four times, leading a 13-hit charge.
Nomar Mazara had three hits for the Rangers, including a two-run double in the first. Joey Gallo hit a solo homer, his 16th long ball of the season, and also doubled and scored for Texas.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who had been on the disabled list all season with a right calf strain, had one hit in his 2017 debut.
NOTES: To make room for RHP Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay optioned RHP Ryan Garton to Triple-A Durham. ... The Rangers are undecided on a Wednesday starter, but they will go with either RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx or RHP Dillon Gee. ... Texas sent INF Drew Robinson to Triple-A Round Rock to make roster room for 3B Adrian Beltre. ... Tampa Bay RHP Erasmo Ramirez became first pitcher to record a save in one game and then start the next for his team since Montreal's Dennis Martinez did it in 1993.