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Rangers top Rays to earn series split

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - A four-game series between Texas and Tampa Bay for control of the AL wild-card lead settled nothing.

The standings remained as they were prior to this set at Tropicana Field, with the Rangers and Rays tied at the top.

Elvis Andrus knocked in three runs, Craig Gentry had four hits with an RBI, and the Rangers earned a split with a critical 8-2 win on Thursday.

The teams have a half-game lead over Cleveland in the wild-card race. The Rangers clinched the season series for them at 4-3, giving them home-field advantage in the wild-card game if they finish with the same record as the Rays.

An anticipated pitchers' duel between Texas' Yu Darvish and the Rays' Matt Moore never materialized as both struggled on the mound.

Darvish (13-9), who had lost a career-high four straight starts, needed 109 pitches to complete five innings. The Japanese right-hander surrendered just two first-inning runs, but matched a personal worst with six walks.

Moore (15-4) lasted only four frames, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits. He struck out six and walked one in his first loss since June 14.

09/19 23:06:37 ET