Dustin Nippert delivers in the first inning on Friday night. (Mike Carlson/AP)
By Zach Schonbrun / MLB.com
Taylor Teagarden went deep to lead off the eighth off Scott Kazmir, who had held Texas scoreless up to that point. But the Rangers, who had the tying run at the plate in the eighth and ninth innings, couldn't get the big blow late, falling to fellow Wild Card contender Tampa Bay but remaining one game back of the Red Sox, who also lost.
BATTING 2B: Young, M (35, Kazmir). HR: Teagarden (6, 8th inning off Kazmir, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Andrus; Young, M 4; Teagarden 4; Byrd. RBI: Teagarden (21), Byrd (65), Jones, An (41). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jones, An 2. Team RISP: 1-for-4. Team LOB: 5.
BASERUNNING SB: Kinsler (24, 3rd base off Balfour/Zaun), Young, M (8, 2nd base off Balfour/Zaun). CS: Borbon (1, 2nd base by Balfour/Zaun).
FIELDING E: Teagarden (5, throw), Nippert (1, pickoff). Pickoffs: Nippert (Upton, B at 2nd base).
BATTING 2B: Longoria (35, Nippert). HR: Zobrist (22, 5th inning off Nippert, 1 on, 2 out), Pena, C (32, 5th inning off Nippert, 0 on, 2 out). TB: Bartlett; Gross; Longoria 3; Pena, C 4; Zobrist 5. RBI: Crawford, C (59), Bartlett (57), Zobrist 2 (67), Pena, C (80). 2-out RBI: Zobrist 2; Pena, C. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell 2; Upton, B 2. SAC: Bartlett. Team RISP: 0-for-7. Team LOB: 7.
BASERUNNING SB: Bartlett (23, 2nd base off Nippert/Teagarden), Zobrist (15, 2nd base off Nippert/Teagarden). CS: Upton, B (12, 3rd base by Nippert/Teagarden), Zaun (1, 2nd base by Eyre/Teagarden). PO: Upton, B (2nd base by Nippert).