The Texas Rangers (40-51) split a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers (40-52) at Comerica Park.
Left fielder Joey Gallo started the Rangers’ scoring with a two-run home run, his 21st, in the second inning of the series opener. In the next inning, right fielder Nomar Mazara hit a RBI groundout before a run scored as designated hitter Adrian Beltre reached base on a fielding error. Finally, catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a RBI single and first baseman Ronald Guzman hit a two-run home run, his eighth, in the fourth. Texas won 7-5.
Starter Yovani Gallardo allowed four runs, three earned, walked one and struck out two in 5 1/3 innings to earn his third win. Then, two relievers pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts before closer Keone Kela allowed a run and struck out one while he earned his 21st save.
Designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo drove in the lone run of game two with a solo home run, his 17th, in the first. Texas lost 3-1.
Starter Bartolo Colon allowed three runs and struck out three in eight innings, which earned him his sixth loss.
Second baseman Rougned Odor hit a solo home run, his fifth, in the sixth before catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a RBI groundout in the ninth of game three. Texas lost 7-2.
Lefty Cole Hamels allowed seven runs, three earned, walked two and struck out two in 2/3 innings. Two relievers combined for 7 1/3 scoreless innings with four walks and 10 strikeouts.
Shortstop Jurickson Profar started the series finale with a solo home run, his ninth. Finally, Guzman hit a RBI single before a run scored as Choo reached base on a fielding error in the second. Texas won 3-0.
Choo extended his on-base streak to 47 games, which broke the Ranger record, during this series split and was selected to his first All-Star game. Choo is the first Korean hitter to be selected to an All-Star game.
Beltre tied Dave Winfield for 20th on the all-time hit list with a hit in the series finale.
Starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, walked one and struck out five to earn his second win. Then, the bullpen pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings with two walks and seven strikeouts, which included Kela’s 22nd save.
Texas will continue its 10-game road trip with a three-game series at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox (62-29).
These games can be heard on:
Monday- 107.9 Tulsa at 6 p.m.
Tuesday- 107.9 Tulsa at 6 p.m.
Wednesday- 107.9 Tulsa at 6 p.m.