Rookie Walls sparks late surge as Rays beat Rangers 7-1

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

By SCHUYLER DIXON

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rookie Taylor Walls had a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning among a season-high three hits, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 7-1. The AL-leading Rays trailed 1-0 before scoring three runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to get the series victory in their return to the stadium that hosted their neutral-site World Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last fall. Austin Meadows had a two-run single and Yandy Díaz a two-run homer in the ninth.