Jaso, Garza help Rays avoid sweep at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - John Jaso drove in five runs, Matt Garza won for the first time in a month and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a weekend sweep with a 9-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Jaso had a two-run homer, a two-run single and an RBI double as the designated hitter from the leadoff spot, a day after the rookie became the first Rays catcher ever to bat first.

Carlos Pena also homered for Tampa Bay (37-20), which still has the best record in the majors and a two-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East despite a 5-8 stretch.

Garza (6-4) threw 108 pitches on a steamy day, allowing four runs over 5 2-3 innings. The big right-hander was 0-3 his previous five starts since May 5, when he reached five victories faster than any pitcher in Rays history.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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