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Rangers Vs. Rays Game Recap: Texas Loses 3-1 On 11th-Inning Ben Zobrist Walkoff

The Texas Rangers lost to the Tampa Bays Rays on a Ben Zobrist eleventh-inning walkoff Friday Night.

The Rangers' Derek Holland pitched eight strong innings, giving up only two hits and two walks. He struck out 11, a career high. Holland allowed one run, a solo home run to Evan Longoria in the fourth. The Rangers failed to give Holland any run support, registering only 5 hits all night. Their sole score came in the fifth on a Michael Young solo shot.

Winning pitcher Wade Davis struck out five of the six batters he faced in the tenth and eleventh innings, allowing only a single to left fielder David Murphy. Murphy was caught trying to steal second later in the inning.

Texas remains 5 games ahead of the Oakland Athletics for first place in the AL West. The Rangers play the Rays again Saturday in Tampa.

For more on the Rangers, check out Lone Star Ball.

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