Blake Snell aims to become baseball's first 20-game winner in 2018 when he starts for the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in the second of three straight at the Texas Rangers. The young ace has won each of his last seven starts while allowing a total of six earned runs to help fuel the Rays' late charge.

Tyler Glasnow and three relievers combined on a two-hitter as Tampa Bay took the opener 3-0. The Rays have won 12 of their last 15 and are within 6 1/2 games of the second wild card in the American League with 13 to play. They've produced 13 shutouts over the past 98 games and own a 2.85 ERA since the start of August. The Rangers, who give the ball to veteran Yovani Gallardo, are in danger of losing a series to Tampa Bay for the fifth time in the last six encounters.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Tampa Bay), FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays LH Blake Snell (19-5, 2.03 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Yovani Gallardo (8-5, 6.67)

Snell limited the Cleveland Indians to one run on one hit - a solo homer - and struck out nine over seven innings of a 3-1 win Wednesday. It marked the third straight start in which he's fanned nine batters and he is five shy of recording the ninth 200-strikeout campaign in franchise history. The 25-year-old also struck out nine in 6 1/3 dominant innings in a win over Texas on April 16.

Gallardo has gone four straight appearances without producing a quality start, posting a 1-3 record and an ERA of 8.83 in that stretch. He lasted three innings - a season low as a starter - and surrendered six runs in an ugly outing at the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Kevin Kiermaier is 6-for-15 with a home run and four walks against the 32-year-old Gallardo.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rays DH Ji-Man Choi had a solo homer Monday and owns 14 RBIs in his last 12 games.

2. Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre remains stuck on 474 career home runs, one shy of Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 30th on the all-time list.

3. Tampa Bay RHP Jose Alvarado has 12 straight scoreless innings over a span of 15 appearances.

PREDICTION: Rays 5, Rangers 2  Bet Now

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Team Name

AWAY
Blake Snell Pitching order:1
Chaz Roe Pitching order:2
Jalen Beeks Pitching order:3
Ryne Stanek Pitching order:4
Tommy Pham Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Jesus Sucre Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Joey Wendle Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Carlos Gomez Batting order:5 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
2nd Position: (RF)
Kevin Kiermaier Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Brandon Lowe Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Matt Duffy Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
Willy Adames Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
C.J. Cron Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)
Ji-Man Choi Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Designated Hitter (DH)

Team Name

HOME
Yovani Gallardo Pitching order:1
Matt Moore Pitching order:2
Alex Claudio Pitching order:3
Eddie Butler Pitching order:4
C.D. Pelham Pitching order:5
Connor Sadzeck Pitching order:6
Ryan Rua Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Robinson Chirinos Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Hanser Alberto Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Delino DeShields Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Nomar Mazara Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
Elvis Andrus Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Jurickson Profar Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)
Adrian Beltre Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Designated Hitter (DH)

POINT SPREAD Odds 1:51am

924
923

OVER UNDER Odds 1:49am

924
923
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(+9.5) -105
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MONEY LINE Odds 1:49am

924
923
-205
+175

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