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Wednesday, August 13 (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Rays (58-61) at Texas Rangers (47-72), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Chris Archer (7-6, 3.33) Texas - Miles Mikolas (1-4, 6.57)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Archer has a chance to continue a strong stretch of Tampa Bay pitching on Wednesday night, when the Rays visit Globe Life Park for the third game of a four-game series with the host Texas Rangers.

The Rays starters have yet to allow a run through the first two games of the series, after newcomer Drew Smyly threw 7 2/3 innings in a 7-0 win on Monday and Jeremy Hellickson tossed six scoreless innings on Tuesday before Tampa Bay ultimately lost, 3-2, in 14 innings.

It was the team's sixth loss in its last 25 road games and the Rays have allowed three or fewer runs in 16 straight away from home, which approaches the big-league record of 21 set 106 years by the Chicago Cubs.

Archer is unbeaten in his last four on the road with a 1.95 earned run average. He gave up two runs in six innings at Wrigley Field on Friday, in a game the Rays won, 4-3, in 10 innings against the Cubs.

He's gotten no-decisions in two home starts against the Rangers, but has never started in Texas.

The Rangers have the worst home record in the American League at 22-34, and they've not won two straight at home since late June.

Miles Mikolas gets the start on the mound in search of a first home win. He's 0-3 in three starts there with a bloated 13.17 ERA and an opposition batting average of .406.

In his last two starts, both on the road, he's allowed three runs in 12 innings.

On Tuesday, Cesar Ramos walked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning, giving the Rangers a 3-2 win over the Rays. Ramos (2-5) took the mound for his first inning of work in the 14th and was betrayed by his defense, as Evan Longoria's error put Geovany Soto on base with one away. Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo followed with singles, and the bases were loaded.

After a number of defensive substitutions by the Rays, Elvis Andrus flied to short left field for the second out before Adam Rosales drew a walk to force in the deciding run. Leonys Martin had four hits and Odor had three for Texas, which has won two of three. Scott Baker (1-3) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of the year.

The Rangers had been 0-20 in games in which Baker pitched this season. Both starters pitched well despite not factoring into the decision. Nick Tepesch took a no-hitter into the fifth for Texas and finished with seven innings of two-run ball. Jeremy Hellickson, who has never beaten the Rangers in six career starts, tossed six scoreless frames with six strikeouts.

08/13 10:59:36 ET

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