The Rangers finally gave starter Yu Darvish run support, homering four times en route to an 8-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Alex Rios gave the Rangers a first inning run with an RBI single to center field that scored Elvis Andrus. It was the third consecutive game in which the Rangers put a run on the board in the top half of the first.

After the Rays put two runs across in the bottom of the first, Texas recorded three home runs in the third inning to take the lead for good.

Mitch Moreland sent his 23rd home run of the season to the opposite field to lead off the inning. Andrus and Rios launched back-to-back jacks with one out to push the Ranger lead to two.

Two more Rangers scored on an infield single by Andrus in the fourth. The Ranger shortstop, batting .326 since the All-Star Break, hit a chopper to the shortstop hole with runners on second and third and two out. Both runners scored as Andrus legged out the single.

All six runs went against Rays starter Matt Moore, the most he has allowed since returning from the disabled list in September. Moore threw 96 pitches.

Darvish exited after five innings, throwing 109 pitches, but left with a 6-2 lead. His work stood up for his first win in 38 days, despite walking six Rays over his five innings.

His four punch-outs tied a season low as well.

The Ranger bats hadn't scored more than four runs in a Darvish start since Aug. 6. They scored four only once in that span.

Tampa Bay managed only the two first-inning runs despite putting 11 runners on base against Darvish.

James Loney doubled with two men on to score the first run, and a bases-loaded walk brought home the second. David DeJesus, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and Evan Longoria, who walked, recorded the Tampa Bay runs.

Texas added an insurance run in the seventh when Craig Gentry looped an RBI single between outfielders to score Arian Beltre, and Geovany Soto crushed the fourth Ranger homer of the night in the ninth inning.

Robbie Ross threw two perfect innings in relief of Darvish, striking out three. It was the first time Ross threw two innings since May 17.

Tanner Scheppers a scoreless inning for the fourth consecutive outing, before Joe Nathan recorded a scoreless ninth inning to close the six-run victory.

The Rangers and Rays end their four-game set in a tie for the AL Wild Card lead after the two teams split the series.

Texas begins a series with Kansas City on Friday night. The Roylas were idle Thursday.

Read or Share this story: