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MLB: Tampa Bay 6, Texas 0

Sept. 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM   |   Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- B.J. Upton smashed three homers and James Shields hurled a shutout Sunday, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-0 whitewash of Texas.

Upton's three-homer performance was the first of his career. The first of the trio came on the first pitch delivered by Rangers starter Roy Oswalt.

He added two more bases-empty clouts off reliever Martin Perez as the Rays took the rubber match of a three-game series.

The shutout was the second of the season for Shields (14-8), who yielded just two hits while striking out eight and not issuing a walk.

The Rays -- who came into the contest 1 1/2 games out of an American League wild card spot -- also got a two-run homer from Jose Molina.

Oswalt (4-3) could manage only two innings, surrendering four runs on six hits for the AL West-leading Rangers.

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