Jim Thome

Pham homers twice for late-surging Rays in 9-3 win at Texas

Before slipping into the baby costume that was part of rookie dress-up travel day for the late-surging Tampa Bay Rays, Ryan Yarbrough broke a record that had stood since the team's first season 20 years ago.

And Tommy Pham homered twice for the still playoff-hopeful Rays in another win for another sweep.

A day after Blake Snell became the majors' first 20-game winner in two years, the Rays used an "opener" for the 49th time this season. Yarbrough, the second of five pitchers, struck out six in four innings for his 15th victory as Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep with a 9-3 win at Texas on Wednesday.

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