2 Longoria HRs Help Beat Rangers

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The six runs the Rays racked up in the first two innings Wednesday, and the eight overall, including a pair of homers from Evan Longoria, served as makeup — well, maybe to everyone but hard-luck loser James Shields — for their feeble showing the night before.

But despite the pregame joking and kidding and movie-reference citing — Wedding Crashers, actually — about how "everybody's going negative town on us" after a four-game losing streak, Rays manager Joe Maddon made it blatantly obvious how important it was for them to hang on to what ended up an 8-4 win.

"There were a lot of reasons," Maddon said. "The point was to keep the lead at all costs."

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