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 hit a two-run double during a four-run fifth. Cobb (9-3) allowed two runs, six hits, one walk and had 10 strikeouts.
Matt Garza (9-6, 3-5 with Texas) gave up six runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings to lose his third straight start for the Rangers, who have lost seven in a row and are 2-12 in September.
The announced crowd was just 10,724. The Rays entered with the major's lowest home attendance average of 18,747.
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