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12 games left...

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays took home another series victory as they defeated the Texas Rangers with another shutout performance from their pitching staff.

Blake Snell tied a Rays record, recording his 20th victory of the season, tossing five scoreless innings to bring his season ERA to 1.97. He is now considered a front runner for the American League Cy Young award. The bullpen consisting of Chaz Roe, Jalen Beeks, and Ryne Stanek pitched the final four innings of the game for Tampa Bay, and held the Rangers in check.

The offense meanwhile, racked up 15 hits but only managed to bring four runs across. Joey Wendle had a four hit night, including two doubles. Jesus Sucre had three hits, while Matt Duffy and Tommy Pham also both had multi-hit nights. Willy Adames launched a two run home run as well for Tampa Bay, his 10th of the season.

The Rays are now 84-66 on the year, having won four straight. They have gained considerable ground on the Oakland Athletics for the second Wild Card and now just trail them by 5.5 games, with only 12 games left to be played...

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