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The Rangers gave Lee an early 1-0 lead, catching the Rays napping after Andrus led off the game with a single and stole second base. Price coaxed Hamilton into hitting a grounder to first base, and Andrus — running on the pitch — scored from second base when Pena flipped the ball to Price covering the bag and the pitcher didn’t turn to check on Andrus.
Texas remained aggressive on the bases. The slow-footed Molina singled and stole second on a full-count pitch in the third, his first steal since Sept. 9, 2006, with Toronto.
In the fourth, Nelson Cruz doubled off the wall in the deepest part of the ballpark — narrowly missing his fourth homer of the series. He put the Rangers ahead 2-1 when he stole third — with two outs — and continued home on a throwing error by catcher Kelly Shoppach.
An alert play by Guerrero gave the Rangers another run for a 3-1 lead in the sixth.
With runners at first and second and one out, Kinsler hit a grounder to Pena. The first baseman fielded the ball and threw to second for a force out, but the relay throw to Price covering first was not in time for an inning-ending double play.
Guerrero took off for home, surprising Price, who looked at the umpire for a call, and slid across the plate headfirst to avoid the tag by Shoppach.
Notes: The Rays waited until just before gametime to reveal that OF Rocco Baldelli, who was removed from the roster after Game 1, would throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was the designated hitter in the opener, but did not play the remainder of the serious because left leg fatigue, which is symptomatic of mitochondrial disorder, a condition he was diagnosed with two years ago. … Zobrist’s wife, Julianna, sang the national anthem.
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