ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer off Arthur Rhodes in the eighth inning, one of three Tampa Bay homers hit in the game with two outs, and the Rays sent the Rangers to a 5-4 loss Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
Rhodes entered for a lefty-lefty matchup against Johnny Damon after Mark Lowe got the first two outs of the eighth. Damon reached on a broken bat single that shortstop Elvis Andrus just missed as he raced back into shallow left field. Longoria, hitting in the cleanup spot for the first time in four games, hit a 3-1 pitch just beyond the left-field wall.
C.J. Wilson allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings but left with a no-decision. His undoing was two home runs, a solo shot by Sean Rodriguez in the third and a two-run blast by Matt Joyce in the seventh. Wilson allowed only three hits, walked four and struck out 10 to become the first lefty in club history to record four 10-strikeout games in a season.
Tampa Bay scored all of its runs in the bottom of innings in which the Rangers had just taken the lead.
The Rangers lost for the 11th time this season in a game decided in a team's final at-bat. Eight of those have come on the road. The loss also snapped the Rangers' three-game winning streak.
The offense did enough, getting two-out RBI singles by Adrian Beltre and Michael Young in the third and seventh innings as well as a one-out RBI single by Ian Kinsler in the seventh. Nelson Cruz scored in the eighth on a wild pitch to break a 3-3 tie.
-- Jeff Wilson