By Sam Butler, T.R. Sullivan and Bill Chastain
ARLINGTON -- Tied entering the bottom of the eighth inning, the Rangers scored four runs to come back from an early three-run deficit for a 9-5 win over the Rays on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.
"I'm proud of how our guys grinded back after being down," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We put two runs on the board early, and, for a number of innings, we didn't really mount a whole lot. And then at the end, a big home run by Elvis [Andrus], and the guys just continued to tack on."
After falling behind, 5-2, in the fifth, the Rangers tied the game on a three-run homer by Andrus with two outs in the bottom of the seventh off Rays reliever Danny Farquhar. It was Andrus' seventh homer of the year, tied for the second most he's hit in a season.
Jonathan Lucroy snapped an 0-for-8 slump in the bottom of the eighth with a bloop single, and Joey Gallo got aboard with a towering fly ball that dropped just inside the left-field line for a single. Ryan Rua drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases, and Jared Hoying put the Rangers ahead with a single off the right-field wall. Shin-Soo Choo brought in another run with a sacrifice fly, and Andrus collected his fourth and fifth RBIs with a single through the left side, making it 9-5.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Andrus goes deep: Andrus was 1-for-8 in his career off Farquhar before his tying shot. The home run was set up by Gallo's leadoff single -- a line drive just off the glove of second baseman Robertson -- and a two-out walk to Choo. It was Andrus' third career three-run homer.
"Better to give up a two-run homer than a three-run homer," Farquhar said when asked about his two-out walk. "You've got to give them credit. I thought Joey Gallo put up a really good at-bat. He didn't swing at some changeups that I thought he should have swung at, so give him a lot of credit. And then Choo, he didn't swing out of the zone, and then clearly I made a bad pitch to Elvis."
Gee, what a relief: Right-hander Dillon Gee pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in his first relief appearance for the Rangers. His biggest inning was the seventh, when Robertson and Corey Dickerson led off with singles. Kiermaier dropped a bunt, and Gee jumped on it, throwing out Robertson at third. Gee then retired Evan Longoria on a fly to right and Logan Morrison on a pop to first to end the threat.
"Every inning is big," Gee said. "You never know what is going to happen. Things tend to snowball in this league. You put up a zero, and you give your team a chance to win."
"I thought I had it, I really did. Then, at the end, I saw Souza stop and pull up, I thought, 'I might've got that one.' And they said I just missed it, just off the top of the wall. But that's all right, we'll take it." -- Hoying, on his eighth-inning single, thinking he may have hit a grand slam
"He did." -- Farquhar, after being asked if Elvis left the building
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For the second time in four games, Choo hit a leadoff homer. According to Statcast™, this one had an exit velocity of 108.4 mph, the hardest home run he's hit this year and his hardest-hit since Sept. 13, 2015, when he hit one with an exit velocity of 110.2 mph.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Rays challenged when Tim Beckham was called out at first base with two outs in the eighth. After a 50-second review, the call was overturned, and Beckham had a base hit. The Rangers then challenged when Beckham stole second base. After a 1-minute, 20-second delay, the call stood.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Rays challenged a safe call when Rua advanced to third after Choo's sacrifice fly scored Gallo. After a 1-minute, 45-second delay, the call on the field stood.
WHAT'S NEXT Rays:Chris Archer (4-3, 3.61 ERA) gets the nod for the finale against the Rangers at 8:05 p.m. ET at Globe Life Park on Wednesday. Whenever Archer is on the mound, electric stuff is the order of the day. Expect a lot of strikeouts, as he's already struck out a club-record 51 in May.
Rangers: Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-0, 3.97) makes his first career start for the Rangers in the series finale at 7:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday. The 32-year-old right-hander made his Major League debut on May 17, and he's been effective as a long reliever since being called up. He struck out five in four innings of relief work Friday in Toronto after coming in for the injured A.J. Griffin, whose spot in the rotation Bibens-Dirkx is filling.