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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Drew Smyly was well on the way to his first win since joining the Tampa Bay Rays in the trade that cost them David Price. Jason Kidd Jersey . The left-hander wanted to get it without allowing any runs, and he did thanks to a little help. Smyly allowed three hits and struck out the final batter he faced in his only shaky inning, Matt Joyce had a two-run single and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 7-0 on Monday night. Smyly struck out nine in a career-high 7 2-3 innings to beat the Rangers for the second time this season. The left-hander hasnt allowed Texas an earned run in three appearances, including a start and a relief outing when he was still with Detroit. Smyly (7-10), who lost at Oakland five days after the Price deal at the non-waiver trading deadline July 31, got Shin-Soo Choo swinging for the second out with runners at second and third in the eighth. "He was so good," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He was in command of everything. He was still throwing 92 when he punched out Choo at the end." Reliever Joel Peralta preserved the shutout by getting Jim Adduci on a bases-loaded grounder. Before Adrian Beltres line-drive single to left centre in the seventh inning, the only hit for the Rangers was a bunt by Daniel Robertson in the third. Rougned Odor had a bloop double off Smyly in the eighth. "It was the longest game of my career, so it might have been my best," Smyly said. "Some days youre really feeling it." Colby Lewis (8-9) couldnt build on the momentum of his second career shutout, giving up five runs in five innings. Just two of the runs were earned because Tampa Bays three-run second inning was sparked by the Texas right-handers throwing error trying to get Cole Figueroa at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Curt Casali. Lewis also had four walks and hit a batter. "Beat myself, thats all there is to it," Lewis said. "That can be your guys quote. I really dont have much more than that." Lewis had a chance to escape the second with a 1-0 deficit before Joyces two-out, bases-loaded hit for a 3-0 lead. The sharp single to right field came after Joyce ripped a line drive that was just foul and struck a security guard in the face. The man was bleeding as he was led off the field. "Colby threw some tough pitches," said Joyce, who walked twice and was hit by a pitch. "I fought off a tough one. Then I finally got one I could handle." SHARING THE WEALTH Figueroa, Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria each had a run-scoring hit for Tampa Bay. Figueroa also had a double and scored twice. Zobrist was the other Tampa player with two hits and has reached base 16 times in 25 plate appearances over five games. TIMES HAVE CHANGED Tampa Bay played its first game at the Rangers since beating them 5-2 in a playoff for the second wild-card spot last season. That was after Texas beat the Rays in AL Division Series in 2010 and 2011 on the way to the first two World Series appearances for the franchise. Now the Rays are on the fringe of the wild-card race and the Rangers are 26 games under .500. TRAINERS ROOM Rays: RF Kevin Kiermaier left the game in the seventh inning with tightness in his lower back. The move was precautionary. Wil Myers, on the disabled list since June 1 because of a fractured right wrist, played right field Monday night on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham. Rangers: RF Alex Rios was out after aggravating his sprained right ankle with a slide into home Sunday against Houston. The MRI revealed no significant damage and he could return Tuesday night. Rios originally injured the ankle July 19 at Toronto. ON DECK Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.61) makes his fourth start since returning from right elbow surgery. Tampas oldest starting pitcher at 27 years, 126 days, Hellickson is 0-3 with a 5.03 ERA against the Rangers. Texas RHP Nick Tepesch (4-7, 4.46) faces the Rays for the first time since beating them in his major league debut last season. Devin Harris Jersey .J. - Percy Harvin is ready to go, and theres no question in his mind hell be playing Sunday. Wesley Matthews Jersey . The 48th-ranked Williams made her first appearance in Dubai since she won her second straight title here in 2010. Shed missed the last three years either because of injury or Sjogrens Syndrome.Hallandale Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ulanbator showed a lot of spunk in winning Saturdays $50,000 allowance race over 2014 Belmont Stakes runner-up Commissioner at Gulfstream Park. Sent off as the 5-1 third pick, Ulanbator got the best of 3-5 favorite Commissioner in the 1 1/16-mile allowance race. Trained by Ian Wilkes, Ulanbator and jockey Julien Leparoux stalked the pace being set by Secretive and Commissioner. Ulanbator, owned by Mary Ann Charlston, drew even with Commissioner in mid- stretch where the two bumped. Taking a short lead down the stretch was 30-1 longshot Looking Cool after trailing the field in the early going. Ulanbator split Looking Cool and Commissioner, also making his 2015 debut, nearing the wire and was able to post a head decision over Looking Cool with the favorite another neck back. Dawly, the 4-1 second choice, was fourth followed by Secretive, Tarpys Goal, Dudeman and Undertakker. Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey. It was a real gutsy effort, Wilkes said. We were third at the quarter pole in between horses and probably a good half-length behind. He had to dig in from between horses and showed a little bit of grit today. Ulanbator covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.75 on a fast track. The $500,000 Donn Handicap on February 7, the years first major race for older horses, is a possible next start for both Ulanbator and Commissioner. I think hes a horse that needs to find his rhythm, Commissioners trainer Todd Pletcher noted. It might have been a touch quicker than what we would have wanted, but he seemed to be doing it within himself. I thought he ran well. The two new 4-year-olds will likely take on Lea in defense of last years Donn title. Lea, trained by Hall of Fame member Bill Mott, won Saturdays Hals Hope Stakes at Gulfstream. I guess theres a month back to the Donn and well just have to see, Mott said. Cheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys NFL China Cheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys ' ' '