The Texas Rangers (53-58) split a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins (53-56). Following the series split, the Twins won the season series, 4-3.
Ranger outfielder Nomar Mazara knocked-in the Rangers’ first run of the road trip with a RBI single in the first inning. Three innings later, Ranger first baseman Joey Gallo finished the Rangers’ scoring with a three-run home run, his 29th of the season.
Ranger starter A.J. Griffin pitched six innings in his first start since losing in Toronto on May 26. In his return from the disabled list, Griffin allowed an earned run, a walk, two hits and struck out four. Then, reliever Keone Kela pitched a scoreless seventh with a walk and a strikeout. Then, reliever Matt Bush pitched a scoreless eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Finally, closer Alex Claudio shut the door with a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save. Texas won the series opener, 4-1.
Ranger third baseman Adrian Beltre knocked-in a pair of Rangers with a RBI single in the first inning of game two. Then, Mazara drove-in a run with a RBI single in the third. Then, center fielder Carlos Gomez capped the Rangers’ offense with a solo home run, his 15th, in the ninth.
Ranger starter Martin Perez struggled on Friday night. Perez allowed seven earned runs on nine hits and two walks during 4 2/3 innings. Then, reliever Tony Barnette allowed a run on 1 1/3 innings pitched. Then, Ranger rookie Austin Bibens-Dirkx finished the game with two scoreless innings. Texas lost 8-4.
Twins starter Bartolo Colon, 44, became the oldest pitcher to pitch a complete game in the American League since Nolan Ryan did it on July 4, 1992.
Mazara started the Rangers’ offense in game three with a two-run home run, his 14th, in the first inning. Then, Ranger catcher Robinson Chirinos knocked-in a run with a second-inning sacrifice fly. Then, Chirinos struck again in the ninth with a RBI single to finish the Rangers’ offense.
Rangers ace Cole Hamels followed Colon’s complete game with one of his own on Saturday. Hamels allowed one run, unearned, four hits, one walk and struck out five in his complete game. Texas won 4-1.
Texas’ offense only scored in the first inning of the series finale. The rally started with a three-run home run from Beltre, his 10th, and finished with a two-run home run from Gallo, his 30th.
Ranger starter Nick Martinez allowed five earned runs on three home runs in four innings. Then, Bibens-Dirkx allowed the Twins to earn its first lead with a one-run fifth inning. Then, Bush pitched a scoreless sixth and Claudio finished the game with two scoreless innings. Texas lost 6-5.
Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus had two three-hit games during this road series in Minnesota.
After going deep on Sunday afternoon, Beltre has hit 10 or more home runs in 18 of his 20-season career.
After an off-day on Monday, the Rangers will conclude its six-game road trip at Citi Field as it visits the New York Mets (49-60). After splitting the first two games at Globe Life Park in June, Texas is trying to win the season series. This two-game series can be heard on:
Tuesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 5:30 p.m. CT
Wednesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 10:30 a.m. CT