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Thursday, August 14 (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Rays (59-61) at Texas Rangers (47-73), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89) Texas - Robbie Ross Jr. (2-4, 5.61)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays try to extend an American League record and a win a series in the process when they conclude their four-game set with the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Tampa allowed three runs or less for an AL-record 17th straight road game on Wednesday and rolled to its fifth win in seven tries in a 10-1 rout of the Rangers. Chris Archer struck out a career-high 12 batters in the victory and allowed one run and four hits over seven innings.

"It was one of those situations where you get in the zone and blackout," Archer said of his start.

Tampa Bay starters have limited the Rangers to just one run over 20 2/3 innings in this series.

Miles Mikolas (1-5) was roughed up for all 10 runs on nine hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

"I made a few bad pitches in those first two innings, but I did a good job of regrouping," Mikolas said.

Getting the call for the Rays on Thursday will be righty Jake Odorizzi, who is 8-9 with a 3.89 ERA. Odorizzi won for the fourth time in five starts on Saturday in Chicago, as he struck out nine batters and held the Cubs to just three hits over six scoreless innings.

"I can't really pinpoint a certain thing. It's kind of how it happened. You make a good pitch. And either they think it's a ball and it's a strike or they swing through it," Odorizzi said. "When you throw three or four different pitches as different speeds, it's hard to put it in play if you're looking for something and you get something else."

Texas, meanwhile, had hoped to have ace Yu Darvish on the hill for the finale, but the Japanese right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.

Darvish becomes the 14th Ranger currently on the DL. Texas, of course, has had a major league-high 24 players shelved overall this season, including Darvish earlier this year due to neck stiffness.

So, the Rangers will hand the ball to Robbie Ross Jr., who started the year in Texas' rotation, going 1-4 with a 4.78 ERA in nine starts. After being sent to Triple-A Round Rock, Ross compiled a 10.54 ERA over his first four games (3 starts), but bounced back to pitch to a 2.91 ERA over his final five starts there.

"We felt like he's made progress and is ready to get an opportunity," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "He would have been up in September anyway. He feels good and has his confidence back. He made a couple of mechanical adjustments, but the main thing is he has his confidence back."

Tampa has won four of six from the Rangers this season.

08/14 10:30:11 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 10
NOS 28
Final
ORL 98
WAS 105
Final
MIN 97
DET 91
Final
CLE 90
NYK 95
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DAL 120
UTA 102
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LAC 93
OKC 90
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IND
MEM
 
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CHI
CLE
 
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MIL
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SAC
POR
 
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LAL
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LOU 31
FSU 42
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GASO 42
TROY 10
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CIN
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MEM
TULSA
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BUF 2
BOS 3
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PIT 3
LOS 0
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NJD 2
WIN 1
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FLA 2
ARI 1
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OTT 4
CHI 5
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TAM 4
PHI 3
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STL 2
ANA 0
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MIN 4
SJS 3
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COL 5
NYI 0
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VAN 3
MON 2
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CLB
TOR
 
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DET
LOS
 
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DAL
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CAL
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Final
CAR 10
NOS 28