Texas Rangers (50-54) lost two of three to the Baltimore Orioles (50-54) during a three-game weekend series. This was the second time these teams have met this season. After this final matchup, the Orioles are 6-1 in the season series.
Ranger right fielder Nomar Mazara started the weekend with a two-run double, his 19th, in the first inning. Then shortstop Elvis Andrus hit a solo home run, his 14th, in the third. Later in the inning, third baseman Adrian Beltre knocked-in a run with a RBI single. Then, the Rangers finished its scoring for Friday night with a one-run single from Beltre and a two-run single from center fielder Carlos Gomez for a three-run fifth inning.
Mazara finished Friday’s game with three hits, all doubles.
Ranger starter Andrew Cashner pitched a gem in the series opener. Cashner’s gem included seven innings of one-run ball on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Then, reliever Matt Bush pitched a one-run eighth and reliever Alex Claudio pitched a perfect ninth. Rangers won 8-2.
Game two did not go as planned for the Rangers. The Orioles’ pitching staff shutout the Rangers on Saturday night, including 8 2/3 innings from Oriole starter Kevin Gausman. On the bright side, the Rangers had two-hit performances from designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo and second baseman Rougned Odor.
Ranger rookie starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx struggled as well, pitching five innings of four-run ball on six hits and three walks. The bullpen kept the Rangers in the game with a scoreless three-inning appearance from Tony Barnette and a scoreless inning from Jose Leclerc. Rangers lost 4-0.
Odor cut Baltimore’s game-three lead in half with a two-run single in the fourth, Orioles leading 4-2. Two innings later, Odor hit his 21st home run, a solo shot, in the sixth. Then, Mazara hit a solo home run of his own, his 13th, in the eighth. Odor finished the Rangers’ scoring with another home run, his 22nd and a two-run shot, in the eighth.
Odor’s three-hit, two-home run performance in the series finale also included five RBIs.
In Sunday’s series-finale Beltre hit a double in the fourth inning for his 3,000th career hit. Beltre became the 31st player in MLB with at least 3,000 hits. This came on the same day longtime catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was inducted into Cooperstown as part of the 2017 Hall of Fame class.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez struggled in Sunday’s finale for 4 1/3 innings. His start included eight earned runs on nine hits and two walks. Then, reliever Jeremy Jeffress came in and allowed two earned runs on 2 2/3 innings. Then, reliever Jason Grilli finished the game with two scoreless innings on one hit and earned a strike out. Rangers lost 10-6.
Following the series loss, Ranger catcher Jonathan Lucroy was traded to the Colorado Rockies (60-45) for a player to be named later.
The Rangers will host the Seattle Mariners (53-53) for a three-game series to conclude a nine-game homestand. These games can be heard on:
Monday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Tuesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Wednesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT