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Rays Force Game 5 As Rangers Fall 5-2

The Tampa Bay Rays have evened up the ALDS at two games apiece after beating the Texas Rangers 5-2 today in Arlington.

The Rays jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a fielding error by Ian Kinsler which allowed Carlos Pena to score. Kinsler was backpeddling for a popup halfway into right field but could not manage to catch the ball, costing the Rangers a run.

Pena and B.J. Upton would add RBI doubles to give the Rays a 3-0 lead after four innings.

Tommy Hunter pitched four innings, giving up two earned runs on the doubles to Upton and Pena as well as the unearned run. He struck out seven, walked none and gave up six hits.

Derek Holland came on in relief of Hunter and surrendered a two-run home run to Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, giving the Rays a 5-0 lead.

Texas added two runs in the sixth inning when Nelson Cruz launched a solo home run and Mitch Moreland doubled, scoring Ian Kinsler. The Rangers would not score for the rest of the game.

Wade Davis went five innings, earning the win. Davis struck out seven, walked three, gave up seven hits and was responsible for both earned runs. Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit pitched in relief before Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth, earning his first save of the ALDS.

The decisive Game 5 will be held in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. EDT.

Cliff Lee will face off against David Price in a rematch of Game 1.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.