- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t know what to expect after Jake Odorizzi had his start pushed back one day due to flu-like symptoms.

It turned out that they wasted another strong start.

Adrian Beltre homered and drove in two runs, and Wandy Rodriguez gave the Texas Rangers a record-setting pitching performance Sunday in a 2-1 victory over the Rays.

Odorizzi gave up seven hits while striking out seven in 6 2-3 innings. He has allowed no more than one run in five of his seven starts.

“A real gutsy performance,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

Odorizzi got his second no-decision and is just 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA.

“I was surprised to get that deep in the game,” said Odorizzi, who was not at 100 percent and occasionally coughed while talking with reporters postgame. “Good enough to throw. It was a tough one, but I was able to get through it. Defense really helped me. I tried to pitch to contact.”

Beltre’s tiebreaking single off Kevin Jepsen (0-2) came in the eighth inning after a couple of walks.

Keone Kela (3-1) got the win after Rodriguez established a franchise mark for consecutive batters retired.

The 36-year-old lefty set down the first 15 Rays before Tim Beckham led off the Tampa Bay sixth with a line-drive single. Following the 19 straight hitters Rodriguez retired in his previous start, he broke the team record of 31 in a row set by Ken Hill in 1996.

There was some doubt about whether Rodriguez could continue to pitch when he walked off the mound in the third favoring his lower back. But he stayed in the game after a few warmup pitches.

“I still feel the pain, but nothing bad,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez gave up two hits while striking out six in six innings. Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Beltre led off the fourth with his third home run of the season. It was the 398th of his career, tying Dale Murphy for 54th place.

Beltre’s homer was the first this season off Odorizzi.

Cash and Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton were ejected by plate umpire Mike Estabrook for arguing after Rodriguez’s strikeout of Joey Butler in the fifth.

“Obviously disagreed on Joey’s check swing, and just overall the strike zone,” Cash said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton (right shoulder) joined Triple-A Round Rock for a rehab assignment. He singled and struck out twice against Nashville in his first game.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (left shoulder) will undergo an MRI exam that could lead to season-ending surgery. He went on the DL for the second time this season Friday.

LACK OF OFFENSE

The Rays have scored two runs or fewer 14 times this season, which is one less than the Rangers AL-leading 15. … Tampa Bay has been shutout or held to one run six times. … The Rays have held opponents to five or fewer runs 20 straight games, tying a team record. They have also gone a club-record 19 consecutive games without giving up double-digit hits.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis (2-2) will face Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy (2-1) on Monday night.

Rays: Tampa Bay opens a four-game home series Monday night against the New York Yankees. Alex Rodriguez reached base in eight of 14 plate appearances with two homers, four RBIs and six runs in a three-game sweep at Tropicana Field last month.


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