ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Sean Rodriguez had a great day away from the ballpark Thursday and followed that up with a big night on the field.
Rodriguez homered and tied a career-high with four RBIs, Jake Odorizzi got his first major league win, and the Tampa Bay Rays routed the Texas Rangers 8-1 Friday night.
Rodriguez got a two-out RBI in the first when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and hit a three-run homer during the third that put the Rays up 4-0. He was back in the lineup after missing Thursday night's 7-2 win over Toronto for the birth of his son.
"Go-daddy did a nice job," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He came in and I said 'let's go, daddy,' and he did. He had a pretty complete evening, including a little bouncing baby boy at home."
Odorizzi (1-0) allowed three hits in six innings in his seventh big league start and 10th game overall. Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run homer during the fifth for the Rays.
"It's a surreal type of moment," Odorizzi said.
Rangers left-hander Joe Saunders (0-1) left in the fourth with a bruised left ankle after getting hit by Evan Longoria's liner. Saunders gave up five runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Texas slugger Prince Fielder got his first RBI since Sept. 22, a drought of 20 regular and postseason games, with a run-scoring single in the eighth.
The Rangers wasted a great scoring opportunity in the fourth. With runners on first and second and one out, Mitch Moreland singled, but Fielder got tagged out in a rundown between third and home. The inning ended when Donnie Murphy struck out.
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