There were hits Wednesday. Not a lot, but enough.

Throw in a walk with the bases loaded and another home run from Johnny Damon and the Tampa Bay Rays did what manager Joe Maddon talked about after Tuesday loss and before Wednesday's game – find a way to score.

The rest of the night belonged to James Shields, who continued his streak of impressive performances by throwing eight innings in the Rays' 4-1 victory against Texas at the Rangers Ballpark.

With the Yankees losing to the Red Sox in Boston, the Rays now trail the wild-card leaders by 7.5 games with 27 games to play in the regular season.

Shields, who pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first inning and recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in the seventh, matched his career high with his 13th win of the season.

"He had a certain resolve about him that he was going to pitch deep into that game and give us a win." Maddon said.

Of course, Jeremy Hellickson deserved a better fate Tuesday, but took the loss because the Rays failed to score a run. So Shields needed some offense to go with his gem.

Maddon called out the hitters after Tuesday's 2-0 loss, their club record-tying 13th shutout of the season. Maddon wants his hitters to find ways to score runs, and they did that Wednesday against Rangers starter Alexi Ogando, who wasn't particularly sharp and was gone after 2 1/3 innings.

"We got enough offense," Maddon said.