Baseball / Sports

Rangers fall to Rays as homers remain a problem

ARLINGTON, Texas -- For the second-straight night, the Texas Rangers surrendered an early home run and couldn't recover. The Tampa Bay Rays won 6-3 Thursday night at Globe Life Park to win three out of the four-game series.

Robbie Ross was recalled from Round Rock and started for the injured Yu Darvish, but struggled to keep the ball in play.

After Miles Mikolas allowed three home runs Wednesday night, Ross allowed two in 4 1/3 innings, along with eight hits and six earned runs to fall to 2-5 on the year.

Logan Forsythe's two-run shot in the second gave the Rays the early lead while Evan Longoria and James Loney added RBI-singles in the third to put the Rays up 4-0.

The Rangers added two home runs of their own from Geovany Soto and Rougned Odor.

Appearing in just his seventh game of the season, Soto's two-run blast cut the deficit in half with his first home run of the season in the fourth while Odor's fifth came in the eighth.

Longoria hit his 15th home run in the fifth to give Tampa Bay a 6-2 lead.

Rays' starter Jake Odorizzi (8-6) allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings and struck out seven.

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