Rangers beat Rays 8-2, teams tied atop wild card

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Elvis Andrus drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 Thursday night for four-game series split that left the teams tied atop the AL wild-card race.

With a chance for either team to open a lead in the playoff race, the Rays and Rangers alternated victories for four nights. They each have 10 games left. The Indians, meanwhile, pulled within a half-game of the leaders by beating Houston 2-1 in 11 innings. Cleveland has nine remaining.

Mitch Moreland, Andrus and Alex Rios each homered off Matt Moore in the third inning to put the Rangers ahead to stay.

Craig Gentry had four of the Rangers' 16 hits and three of their five stolen bases, the most against the Rays this season.

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