Rookie Wil Myers homered and drove in three RBI to lift Tampa Bay over Texas

Tampa Bay's Wil Myers flips his bat after hitting a two-run double. James Loney and Evan Longoria scored on the hit.



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Wil Myers homered and had three RBI, Alex Cobb pitched eight solid innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays took the lead for the first AL wild-card spot by beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Monday night.

Tampa Bay and Texas started play one-half game ahead of Cleveland, which was at Kansas City, in race for the two wild-card spots.

Myers had a second-inning solo shot and hit a two-run double during a four-run fifth. Cobb (9-3) allowed two runs, six hits, one walk and had 10 strikeouts.



In Pittsburgh, Andrew Cashner carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hitter that sent San Diego past Pittsburgh.

Cashner (10-8) retired his first 18 batters before Jose Tabata grounded a clean single into right field leading off the seventh. Tabata was erased when Andrew McCutchen grounded into an inning-ending double play, and the right-hander cruised the rest of the way for his first complete game in 31 career starts.



In Detroit, Rick Porcello struck out 10 in six innings and Detroit beat Seattle to move a step closer to their third consecutive AL Central title.

Victor Martinez broke a 1-all tie in the sixth with a run-scoring single, and Omar Infante followed with his own RBI single.

Porcello (13-8) allowed a run and five hits with two walks, falling one strikeout short of his career high.

The Tigers entered with a five-game division lead over Cleveland.



In Houston, Johnny Cueto threw five scoreless innings in his return from the disabled list and Zack Cozart homered and drove in four runs to help Cincinnati to a win over Houston.

Pitching for the first time since straining the muscle below his right shoulder June 28, Cueto (5-2) allowed five hits and struck out five with one walk for the

Cincinnati moved five games ahead of Washington for second NL wild card.



In Kansas City, James Shields kept Cleveland off balance for six solid innings, Salvador Perez led a scrappy Kansas City offense and the Royals pounded Cleveland to open a series with playoff implications.

Shields struck out a season-high 10 for the Royals (79-71), who moved within 2 1/2 games of the AL’s second wild-card berth.



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