Max Scherzer

Snell wins 20th, ties Rays record in 4-0 victory over Texas

For Blake Snell, all the setbacks set up all these victories.

Snell became the major leagues' first 20-game winner in two years, helping pitch the Tampa Bay Rays past the Texas Rangers 4-0 Tuesday night.

Snell (20-5) threw one-hit ball for five innings and tied the Tampa Bay record for victories in a season. David Price also won 20 in his Cy Young Award season of 2012.

Little more than a year ago, things were much different.

Snell, Tampa Bay's 2011 first-round draft pick, was demoted to Triple-A Durham during last season with a 6-14 career record. Since returning to the Rays on Aug. 8, he's 25-6.

"Knowing what it's like to struggle, that...