Langford, Heim each have 4 hits as Rangers beat Rays 13-2 for 3-game sweep – MLB

Langford, Heim each have 4 hits as Rangers beat Rays 13-2 for 3-game sweep – MLB

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Wyatt Langford and Jonah Heim tied their career highs with four hits, Corey Seager hit a three-run home run and the Texas Rangers struck out twice in a 13-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

Texas tied its season record with 19 hits, sending nine batters to bat in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-3) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings to improve his mark to 5-0 with a .166 batting average against opponents at home.

Reigning World Series champions Texas have won eight of their last 10 home games and are 24-21 at Globe Life Field but 18-27 away from home.

Tampa Bay was defeated in a three-game series for the first time this season, losing 20-5.

Langford had an RBI double in the first inning, singled to start a six-run fourth and three-run fifth, then singled again in the eighth. The 22-year-old rookie batted cleanup for the second time this season with Texas’ regular No. 4 hitter, Adolis García, in what Rangers manager Bruce Bochy called a mental day amid a 2-for-18 slide.

Heim hit a home run, a double and had two singles with two RBIs.

Travis Jankowski had two hits and three RBIs. He had a swinging bunt down the first base line in the fifth that hugged the chalk and stayed fair, driving in two runs.

Pinch-hitter Robbie Grossman hit a solo homerun in the seventh inning against Colin Poche.

José Caballero hit a two-run homer in the third inning, Tampa Bay got a three-run homer from Yandy Díaz in Saturday’s 4-3 loss.

Zack Littell (3-6) allowed seven runs and nine hits in four innings. Shawn Armstrong, the first of four Rays relievers, gave up the three runs and five hits in the fifth.

NEXT ONE

Rays RHP Ryan Pepiot (4-5, 4.40 ERA), with one win since April, takes on New York Yankees LHP Carlos Rodón (9-6, 4.45) on Tuesday night to open a six-game home series.

Rangers RHP Jon Gray (3-4, 3.92), 0-2 in seven road games, begins a six-game road trip Monday night against Los Angeles Angels rookie RHP Davis Daniel (1-1, 2.70), who is making his third start in the majors.

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