ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have turned the standings upside down.
Scott Kazmir won his fourth straight start, striking out 10 in seven innings to lead the AL East-leading Rays over the Texas Rangers, 7-3, Monday night.
Eric Hinske hit a three-run homer for the Rays, who have won 16 of their last 17 home games and at 31-20 have the best record in the major leagues. Tampa Bay is only the second team -- joining the 1903 New York Giants -- to have the best mark on Memorial Day after finishing with the worst record in the big leagues the previous season (66-96).
"We know that a lot of people think we'll probably fade at the end," left fielder Carl Crawford said. "We just want to try to show people it's no fluke."