Marlon Byrd homered twice, including his sixth career grand slam in an 11-run fifth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 15-3 on Saturday night.
Texas moved within six games of Boston for the AL wild card with eight to play. The Red Sox lost 3-0 to the New York Yankees earlier in the day.
The Rangers also began the day trailing first-place Los Angeles by six games in the AL West. The Angels hosted Oakland on Saturday night, looking to reduce their magic number of four for clinching the division title.
The Rangers scored all 11 runs in the fifth with two outs as 10 straight batters reached base.
The two-out outburst started with Byrd's slam off starter Matt Garza (8-11) that gave Texas a 5-3 lead. After that, the Rangers strung together four singles, three walks and two doubles.
They finished the fifth with nine hits, one short of a club record, and sent 16 batters to the plate.
Texas starter Kevin Millwood (12-10) allowed three runs _ two earned _ and seven hits in seven innings to win his second consecutive start.
Gregg Zaun homered for Tampa Bay, which has lost all five games at Texas this season.
Garza, who gave up seven runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings, allowed just one run on Byrd's solo homer through four innings.
The Rangers loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth, but Garza looked as though he was going to get out of trouble as he retired the next two without a run scoring.
That's when everything unraveled for Tampa Bay.
Byrd, who tied a career high with five RBIs, hit the first pitch he saw from Garza 423 feet to left, his first gland slam since a game-ending shot that beat the New York Yankees on Aug. 4, 2008.
Garza allowed two more batters to reach before being replaced by Jeff Bennett, who gave up five runs, five hits and two walks without retiring a batter. Josh Hamilton hit a three-run double to make it 12-3 and Byrd walked before Dale Thayer got the final out of the fifth, Texas' largest inning since scoring 11 runs in the fifth on June 23, 1998, against Arizona.
Ian Kinsler homered in the sixth, his 31st, to make it 13-3. The Rangers capped the scoring on Julio Borbon's RBI grounder and Hamilton's RBI double in the eighth.
The Rangers tied a season high with 19 hits.
Tampa Bay opened the scoring on Ben Zobrist's bases-loaded walk in the first.
B.J. Upton reached on a throwing error by third baseman Chris Davis leading off the second and scored on Jason Bartlett's double.
Zaun's homer in the fourth put Tampa Bay on top 3-0.
NOTES: Rangers 3B Michael Young, who has missed 21 of 22 games with a strained left hamstring, ran the bases and took batting practice. He hopes to be back in the lineup for Texas' season-ending road trip. "I'll take another round of batting practice Sunday and see where I am Monday," he said. ... Garza struck out eight for Tampa Bay. ... Davis matched a career high with four hits.