ARLINGTON (AP) ó Michael Young hit his 100th career homer, Marlon Byrd had a two-run single and Willie Eyre threw 3 2-3 scoreless innings of emergency relief to lead the Texas Rangers to a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday night.
Eyre (4-5) came in when rookie left-hander Kason Gabbard left the game with a stiff left forearm after throwing only one pitch in the second.
The team said Gabbard was day to day, but the injury could be concerning since Gabbard has had four arm operations in the past. The Rangers got Gabbard from Boston in the July 31 trade for closer Eric Gagne.
Byrdís single in the third made it 2-0. After Young led off the fifth with his sixth homer of the season to make it 4-0, Byrd had a double that chased Jason Hammel (1-2).
David Murphy, an outfielder who came with Gabbard from Boston, went 3-for-4 with three doubles, three runs scored and an RBI. Murphy is 4-for-6, all his hits doubles, in his two starts since the Rangers brought him up from Triple-A Oklahoma before the weekend series.
Jonny Gomes was 3-for-5 with an RBI single in the eighth for Tampa Bay. Carl Crawford was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts to end his team record of eight straight multihit games. He also had a career-best 12-game hitting streak overall, going 28-for-49 (.571) in that stretch.
Gabbard threw only 18 pitches in a reunion with Florida high school battery mate Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the rookie catcher who was acquired from Atlanta.