Luckily, Rougned Odor’s 25th dinger on the year helped the Rangers avoid the embarrassment of blowing a game where they scored seven runs in the first inning and then were trailing through most of the evening.
The Rays and Rangers combined to score 14 runs through the first inning and a half but a sac fly by Tampa Bay in the top of the fourth broke the tie and it looked like Texas was heading for another close loss before Odor’s two-out, three-run seventh inning blast saved their bacon.
Player of the Game: Aside from Odor, Nick Solak reached thrice against his old team and is sporting a 1.015 OPS through his first three weeks in the big leagues.
Up Next: The Rangers and Rays close out this series with a couple of young lefty hurlers doing battle in the rubber match. Kolby Allard will take the mound for Texas against Brendan McKay in the finale. Thursday’s first pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.