The Texas Rangers (54-59) split a two-game series at Citi Field against the New York Mets (51-61). Following this split, the Rangers finish the season 2-2 against the Mets.
Ranger first baseman Joey Gallo started the Rangers’ offense in game one with a solo home run, his 31st, in the fifth inning. Then, Ranger third baseman Adrian Beltre hit a solo home run of his own, his 11th, in the sixth inning. Later in the sixth, Gallo struck again with a RBI double. Then, Ranger catcher Robinson Chirinos capped the Rangers’ offense with a solo home run, his 13th, in the ninth.
Ranger starter A.J. Griffin allowed four earned runs on four hits over five innings pitched on Tuesday. Then, reliever Tony Barnette pitched a scoreless sixth inning and reliever Jason Grilli pitched a one-run seventh. Then, reliever Jose Leclerc finished the Rangers’ pitching with a scoreless eighth. Rangers lost 5-4.
Game two’s offense started with a first inning balk to score Ranger right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Then, Gallo finished the first-inning rally with a two-run home run, his 32nd. Then, shortstop Elvis Andrus scored on a fielder’s choice, which allowed left fielder Nomar Mazara to reach base in the second inning. Then, Mazara scored on a walk to Ranger reserve Drew Robinson.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez pitched an eight-inning gem, while only allowing one earned run and three hits. Perez also struck out five and did not walk anyone. Then, closer Alex Claudio closed out the series split with a scoreless ninth inning. Rangers won 5-1.
After Thursday’s off-day the Rangers will open a 10-game homestand with a weekend-series against the division-rival Houston Astros (71-43). These games can be heard on:
Friday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Saturday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Sunday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 1:30 CT