The Texas Rangers (59-60) swept the Detroit Tigers (53-67) in a three-game series at Globe Life Park. Following the swept, the Rangers are 5-1 against the Tigers this season.
Ranger right fielder Nomar Mazara started the Rangers’ offense in game one with a RBI single, one of his three hits, in the first inning. Following Mazara’s single, third baseman Adrian Beltre tied the game with a sacrifice-fly. Then, designated hitter Delino DeShields knocked-in a run with a second-inning, sacrifice-bunt. In the next inning, left fielder Joey Gallo extended the Rangers’ lead with a solo home run, his 33rd. Then, center fielder Drew Robinson joined the fun with a RBI single in the fourth. Two innings later, catcher Robinson Chirinos knocked-in second baseman Rougned Odor, who had a three-hit game, with a RBI single.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez pitched six innings of two-run ball with two strikeouts. Perez’s only run allowance came from a first-inning, two-run home run from Tiger left fielder Justin Upton. After Perez’s quality start, Ranger reliever Ricardo Rodriguez made his MLB debut with a scoreless seventh inning and two strikeouts. After Rodriguez’s debut, reliever Matt Bush pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout and closer Alex Claudio secured Perez’s seventh win with a two-strikeout, scoreless ninth inning. Rangers won 6-2.
Chirinos tied-up game two with a solo home run, his 14th, in the third inning. Then, Mazara knocked-in shortstop Elvis Andrus with a RBI single to give the Rangers the lead. Later in the inning, Gallo hit a two-run home run, his 34th. Then, first baseman Mike Napoli finished the fourth-inning rally with a solo home run, his 24th. Three innings later, Odor scored on a balk from Tiger lefty Daniel Stumpf, while designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo was batting. In the next inning, Beltre hit a RBI double, his 17th, to start a four-run rally. Then, Napoli hit a two-run single to continue the rally. Finally, Choo concluded the four-run, eighth-inning rally with a one-run single.
Ranger starter A.J. Griffin pitched five innings on one-run ball on Tuesday night and punched-out four Tigers. Then, reliever Tony Barnette allowed two runs during 1 2/3 innings pitched. Then, Bush earned a hold after pitching 1 1/3 innings and reliever Jason Grilli finished the game with a one-run ninth inning. Rangers won 10-4.
Mazara tied game three with a two-run home run, his 15th, in the second inning. The next inning, Beltre hit his own two-run home run, his 13th, to tie the game, 4-4. Two innings later, Andrus hit a solo home run, his 16th, to give the Rangers its first lead of the series finale. The next inning, Choo hit a bases-loaded, RBI groundout. The four-run, sixth-inning rally concluded with a two-run single from Andrus and a one-run single from Mazara. Then, Andrus struck again with a RBI single in the seventh. Then, the 12-run series finale concluded with a Gallo solo home run, his 35th, and a Chirinos RBI double, his seventh, in the eighth inning.
Andrus finished the series with a three-hit, three-run and four-RBI game. DeShields and Mazara also had three-hit games in the 12-run affair.
Ranger ace Cole Hamels pitched six innings, while allowing four earned runs on eight hits and five walks. Then, Rodriguez pitched a scoreless seventh inning and reliever Jhan Mariñz closed out the game while allowing two runs over two innings in his Ranger-debut. Rangers won 12-6.
The Rangers will wrap-up its 10-game homestand with a four-game, weekend-series against another AL Central team, the Chicago White Sox (45-72). These games can be heard on:
Thursday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Friday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Saturday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Sunday- Franchise 107.7 at 1:30 CT