The Texas Rangers (51-56) lost two of three to the division-rival Seattle Mariners (55-54). The Mariners are winning the season series 5-3 and will be back in Arlington for a four-game series, Sept. 11-14.
Ranger reliever Jeremy Jeffress was traded to his original team, the Milwaukee Brewers (56-53), for right handed pitcher Tayler Scott on Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
Following the Jeffress trade, Ranger ace Yu Darvish was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers (75-32) for three prospects, second baseman/outfielder Willie Calhoun, right handed pitcher AJ Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis.
Following Monday’s trades, the Rangers started a three-game series against Seattle. Ranger second baseman Rougned Odor started the three-game series with a two-run home run, his 23rd, in the first. Then, center fielder Carlos Gomez hit a solo home run, his 14th, in the second inning. Later in the inning, Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus drove-in in right fielder Shin-Soo Choo with a RBI single. After a couple two-run innings the Rangers were held scoreless until Tuesday’s game.
Ranger ace Cole Hamels started the series with six innings of four-run ball, three earned, on seven hits, a walk and seven strikeouts. Then, reliever Matt Bush picked up an out in the seventh and turned it over to closer Alex Claudio. Claudio cruised through the Mariners’ lineup until the ninth when Mariner second baseman Robinson Cano hit a two-run, go-ahead single. Unfortunately, the Rangers could not overcome Cano’s single and lost 6-4.
The Rangers were held scoreless in game two until Odor’s two-run home run, his 24th, and left fielder Joey Gallo’s solo home run, his 26th, in the fourth inning. Then, Gallo struck again with a two-run home run, his 27th, in the sixth. Finally, first baseman Mike Napoli ended the Rangers’ offense on Tuesday night with a RBI single an inning later.
Gallo started the new month with his third two-home run game of the season and the most RBIs in a game, four, since he had five on April 9.
Choo had a three-hit game, his fifth of the season.
Ranger starter Nick Martinez struggled against Seattle for 5 1/3 innings while allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and two walks. Then, reliever Tony Barnette allowed a run during 2/3 innings of work. Then, relievers Keone Kela, Claudio and Jose Leclerc turned in three scoreless innings to close the game. Rangers lost 8-7.
Ranger left fielder Delino DeShields hit a solo home run, his third, to tie the game, 1-1, in the first inning of the series finale. Then, designated hitter Adrian Beltre knocked-in a run with a sacrifice-fly in the fourth. Beltre’s sacrifice-fly turned into a double play because Andrus got thrown-out when he tried to advance to third base. Then, Gallo hit a solo home run, his 28th, in the fifth inning. In the next inning, Andrus finished the Ranger’s offensive output for the series with a solo home run, his 15th.
Ranger starter Andrew Cashner gave the Rangers a quality start. Cashner’s quality start included six innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts. Then, relievers Bush, Jason Grilli and Leclerc finished the game with three perfect innings. Rangers won 5-1.
The Rangers won the last game of a nine-game homestand and will travel to Target Field to start a six-game road trip against the Minnesota Twins (51-54). This four-game series against the Twins can be heard on:
Friday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Saturday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 5:30 CT
Sunday- Franchise 107.7 at 12:30 CT