The Texas Rangers (49-52) lost two of three to the Miami Marlins (46-53) in its lone matchup of the season.
The Rangers were shutout in game one against the Marlins. Center fielder Delino DeShields had the only Ranger extra-base hit with his triple, his first, off of Marlin starter Adam Conley. The Rangers had eight hits, four from third baseman Adrian Beltre.
Although the Rangers’ offense did not play well, starter Martin Perez pitched a gem. Perez’s gem consisted of seven innings pitched, three earned runs on seven hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Then, reliever Jeremy Jeffress closed out the game with two walks, two strikeouts and gave up a solo home run during two innings of work. Rangers lost 4-0.
The Ranger’s offense erupted for 10 runs in Tuesday’s game. First, Ranger first baseman Mike Napoli tied the game, 1-1, with a solo home run, his 22nd, in the second inning. Then, left fielder Joey Gallo gave the Rangers’ its first lead of the series with a solo home run, his 25th, in the third. Later in the inning, Beltre doubled the Rangers’ lead with a sacrifice fly to score designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo. Finally, catcher Jonathan Lucroy finished the three-run third with a bases-loaded, one-run single. The Rangers’ did not slow down after the third, Gallo hit his second solo home run, his 25th overall, of the game and right fielder Nomar Mazara hit a RBI single, 6-1 Rangers. Following Miami center fielder Christian Yelich’s fifth-inning, three-run home run, Ranger second baseman Rougned Odor hit a solo home run, his 20th, in the same inning. Then, the Rangers finished Tuesday’s slugfest with a two-run double from Choo, his ninth, and a one-run single from shortstop Elvis Andrus in the fifth inning.
This was Gallo’s first multiple-home run game since he did it against Kansas City on April 21.
Ranger starter Cole Hamels handled the Fish across six innings with four earned runs on six hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Then, the bullpen closed the game with scoreless innings from relievers Matt Bush, Jason Grilli and Keone Kela. Rangers won 10-4.
The Rangers also scored 10 runs in the series finale. First, Mazara knocked-in Choo with a first-inning sacrifice fly. Three innings later, Beltre hit a solo home run, his ninth. Then, Beltre hit his 12th double to knock-in Choo in the sixth. Later in the inning, Gallo knocked-in Beltre with a bases-loaded single. Then pinch-hitter Carlos Gomez finished the three-run rally in the sixth to drive-in Napoli. In the eighth, Gallo hit a groundout with runners on first and third to score Odor. Also in the eighth, Mazara hit his 18th double to score Lucroy and Gomez. The Rangers scored two more in the ninth when Gomez picked up a RBI after getting hit with the bases loaded and Choo getting an RBI groundout with the bases loaded.
Despite getting ejected, Beltre had a three-hit game and is four away from reaching 3,000.
The pitching staff needed more than 10 runs to win on Wednesday night. Ranger starter Yu Darvish hurt his trade value when he gave up 10 earned on nine hits and two walks while only pitching 3 2/3 innings. The bullpen did not get the job done either as it gave up 12 earned runs on 13 hits and four walks among five relievers. Rangers lost 22-10.
The Marlins broke a franchise when it scored 22 runs on Wednesday night. Its previous record was 20 runs when it beat the Atlanta Braves 20-1 on July 1, 2003, same year it won its second World Series.
After Thursday’s off-day, the Rangers will host the Baltimore Orioles (48-53) for a three-game, weekend series. The Rangers are seeking revenge on the Birds after getting swept at Camden Yards. This will serve as the second series of the nine-game homestand for the Rangers. These games can be heard during the weekend on:
Friday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Saturday- Franchise 107.7 at 6:30 CT
Sunday- Franchise 107.7 at 1:30 CT