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Adrian Beltre hits two homers as Rangers beat Tampa Bay

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In the area of things that don’t surprise you, good teams give the Tampa Bay Rays, last in the AL East, fits.

Take, for instance, Friday night’s 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.

The Rays have an AL-worst record of 31-56. Worse news? The Rays will also play their next 35 games against teams with winning records.

Tampa Bay broke up Cole Hamels‘ no-hitter when Corey Dickerson singled with two outs in the sixth (one of two hits he had). Steven Souza broke up the shutout with a home run in the eighth.

“Pretty disappointing game to say the least,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “We got outpitched, outhit, out-defended. They didn’t make any mental mistakes; we made a handful. So a pretty disappointing effort.”

In the fifth inning, the Rays gave up a run when Ian Desmond singled. Elvis Andrus scored from first base when centerfielder Mikie Mahtook lobbed the ball back into the infield.

“Yeah, we had a few lapses and defensive miscues. … It’s not the type of team we are,” Mahtook said. “Obviously, the play in center field was all on me and one of those things where he just got me. I got to the ball and he wasn’t at third base yet, and I didn’t throw the ball in as hard as I should have, and he got me. He baited me into it and I lobbed it to Beck at second, and he took the extra base. That won’t ever happen again, and it’s something that’s not a good feeling to happen to you.”

The Rays’ Matt Andriese took his fifth straight loss for the Rays.

Adrian Beltre hit two home runs for the Rangers and went four-for-four.

The Rangers scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth to break the game open.

Tonight, Jake Odorizzi of the Rays faces A.J. Griffin of the Rangers.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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