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Rays outfielder Wil Myers homered and drove in three in Monday's victory.

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

Alex Cobb threw ieight strong innings, and Wil Myers homered and drove in three, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Tampa Bay got the scoring started in the second inning, when Wil Myers took a Matt Garza fastball and dropped it into the first row in right field for a solo homer, his 13th of the year.

The Rangers tied the game in the fourth on an RBI single by A.J. Pierzynski.

The Rays regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth, as Evan Longoria singled to start the inning, but was erased on a fielder's choice by Myers.  Matt Joyce singled him up a base, and following a Garza wild pitch, Desmond Jennings lifted a fly ball to left to bring in Myers to make it 2-1.

Texas again tied the game in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI double by Ian Kinsler, but Tampa Bay busted the game open in the bottom of the inning.  David DeJesus doubled with one out to start the rally, and Ben Zobrist came through with a single to move him to third.  James Loney then singled to left to score DeJesus, Longoria singled to plate DeJesus, and Myers doubled over Leonys Martin's head in center field to score Zobrist and Longoria to make it 6-2.

Cobb allowed just six hits in his eight innings of work, walking one and striking out ten to earn his ninth win.

The victory is Tampa Bay's fourth in their last five games, and puts them alone in the first wild card.

Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04 ERA) will look to make it two wins in a row for Tampa Bay Tuesday.  First pitch is set for 7:10.