BALTIMORE (AP) -Matt Garza allowed three hits in six innings, Carl Crawford snapped a tie with a two-run single in the seventh, and the surging Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Thursday.
The Rays took two of three from Baltimore to win their third straight series and climb four games over .500 (16-12) for only the third time in the 11-year history of the franchise. Tampa Bay has never been five games over the break-even point.
Adam Jones homered for the Orioles, who have lost four of five.
Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton left the game with a strained left shoulder, an injury that occurred while he was batting in the fifth inning. He leads the team with 22 RBIs and is one of only two Rays (with Crawford) to appear in all 28 games.
Garza (1-0) allowed two runs, walked two and struck out three. Dan Wheeler retired all six batters he faced and Troy Percival worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save this season and 330th overall, tying John Wetteland for 10th place on the career list.
Brian Burres (3-2) pitched six-plus innings for Baltimore and was charged with six hits and three earned runs.
Rangers 2, Royals 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Sidney Ponson got his first victory in a year and Texas finished off a successful homestand with Ron Washington still its manager.
Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff homer in the first and Ramon Vazquez hit a tiebreaking drive in the sixth off Zack Greinke (3-1).
The Rangers took two-of-three from both Minnesota and Kansas City during the homestand, which began after a miserable road trip and a meeting of owner Tom Hicks, president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels about the team's direction. Texas (11-18) set a team record with 18 losses in April, and still has the worst record in the majors.
Ponson (1-0) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked two in eight innings. C.J. Wilson worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.
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