After dropping Monday's opener at Tropicana Field, Texas bounced back on Tuesday with an 8-0 victory thanks to C.J. Wilson's first career shutout.
The Rangers will send Derek Holland to the hill in Wednesday afternoon's rubber match against the Rays' David Price.
Texas holds a narrow lead over the Angels and Tampa Bay has not been eliminated from playoff contention. The Rays are also looking to regain some momentum. Tuesday's loss snapped their three-game winning streak, though the club has still won 18 of its last 28 games.
The Rays need to start another winning streak. That's where Price steps in.
Price was dominant in his last outing, striking out 11 batters against the Orioles. The hard-throwing southpaw has punched out 25 in his last two starts, the most by any Major League pitcher this season in back-to-back outings.
Price could use another solid performance, especially at Tropicana Field, where he is 4-8 this season.
As for Holland, the left-hander threw seven scoreless innings against the White Sox on Friday. He has struggled with consistency this season, but is 7-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his last 11 outings.
Holland should feel confident heading into Wednesday's matinee: He's 3-1 with a 7.29 ERA in four career starts against the Rays and leads the Majors in run support with 7.52 runs per nine innings.
Rangers: Ogando back in the rotation
Alexi Ogando will get the nod on Saturday at home against the Athletics in his first start since surrendering three runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings of the Rangers' 4-1 loss to the Rays on Aug. 31.
Ogando gave up one hit and struck out one in one scoreless inning of relief on Monday.
"After the early fastballs that were up, he looked sharp with his changeup, sliders, and he started getting his fastball down," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
The Rangers' game on Sept. 17 in Seattle has been changed to a 6:10 p.m. CT start. In other time changes, the Sept. 10 game against Oakland starts at 3:10 p.m. and the Sept. 14 contest against Cleveland is a 6:05 p.m. start.Rays: Damon moving up all-time list
Johnny Damon is two stolen bases shy of becoming the ninth player with at least 200 home runs and 400 stolen bases.
Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Craig Biggio, Joe Morgan, Paul Molitor, Marquis Grissom and Roberto Alomar have also accomplished the feat.
Evan Longoria has 382 RBIs in his first four Major League seasons. Only Pinky Whitney (409) and Eddie Mathews (397) knocked in more runs in their first four seasons at third base.
The Rays have been in third place for 106 consecutive days, starting May 24.
The Rangers lead the season series against the Rays, 5-3. Tampa Bay has still won seven of the last 12 regular-season games against Texas.
The Rays' pitching staff has allowed five hits or fewer in four of their last five games.
The Rangers' seven Minor League teams finished with a composite winning percentage of .565 (431-332), the best of the 30 Major League organizations in 2011.