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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Wil Myers homered and had three RBIs, Alex Cobb pitched eight solid innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays took the lead for the first AL wild-card spot by beating the Texas Rangers, 6-2, on Monday night.
Tampa Bay and Texas started play one-half game ahead of Cleveland, which was at Kansas City, in race for the two wild-card spots.
Myers had a second-inning solo shot and a two-run double during a four-run fifth. Cobb (9-3) allowed two runs, six hits, and had 10 strikeouts.
Matt Garza (9-6, 3-5 with Texas) gave up six runs and eight hits over 4⅓ innings to lose his third straight start for the Rangers, who have lost seven in a row and are 2-12 in September.