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Rays’ big sixth sinks Rangers

Rangers reliever Alex Claudio, left, allowed a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer in the sixth inning Friday night.
Rangers reliever Alex Claudio, left, allowed a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer in the sixth inning Friday night. AP

A forgettable sixth inning for Yovani Gallardo, Elvis Andrus and Alex Claudio helped lift the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-2 victory that brought Texas Rangers’ four-game winning streak to a halt.

The Rangers opened the sixth down only 1-0, but Andrus opened the inning with an error, and two of the next three Rays got hits off Gallardo to make it 2-0. Claudio entered and surrendered a three-run homer to Brandon Guyer on his first pitch.

Adam Rosales started the eighth with a home run, and the next three Rangers singled to load the bases. But they managed only one run on an Adrian Beltre sacrifice fly that was caught on the warning track. But their 5-2 deficit was short-lived, as the Rays scored three in the eighth.

Pitching: Yovani Gallardo’s command faltered in the fifth and sixth innings, and he was pulled after 5 1/3 innings despite allowing only two runs on three hits. … He would get tagged for two more runs after Alex Claudio allowed both inherited runners to score on a three-run homer by pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer. … An Elvis Andrus error opened the sixth, leading to one of the four runs being unearned.

Hitting: The Rangers had only two singles through six innings and only one base runner reached second, albeit with two outs. … Adam Rosales prevented the shutout with a homer to start the eighth. The Rangers then loaded the bases with no outs, but scored only one on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Beltre. ... Delino DeShields had two singles and stole second base in the sixth, giving him a team-high seven steals despite having the fewest at-bats on the team. He has four steals in the series.

Notable: Only two players in the majors have more errors than Andrus, shortstops Ian Desmond (Washington) and Danny Santana (Minnesota). … Gallardo has lost four straight decisions, allowing three earned runs in each start.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

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