The Texas Rangers (71-71) lost two of three to the New York Yankees (77-65) to open a seven-game homestand. Texas finished the season series against the Yankees 3-3, following the weekend-series loss.
Ranger right fielder Nomar Mazara got the ball rolling for the Rangers with a second-inning solo home run, his 19th. Left fielder Delino DeShields and shortstop Elvis Andrus hit RBI doubles, their 15th and 39th, in the following inning. Two innings later, catcher Robinson Chirinos used his 12th double to drive-in a run, before designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo scored on a wild pitch. Then, Andrus finished a four-run fifth with a two-run single. Two innings later, center fielder Carlos Gomez scored Choo with a sacrifice fly, before third baseman Joey Gallo hit a one-run single. Second baseman Rougned Odor finished the four-run seventh with a two-run triple, his third.
Six Rangers collected two or more hits in game one, while Andrus collected three.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez pitched 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts, while allowing five runs, two earned, to score. Rookie Ricardo Rodriguez pitched a four-out, scoreless appearance to earn his first career hold, following Perez’s start. Lefty Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless eighth, before reliever Tony Barnette struck out the side for a scoreless ninth. Texas won 11-5.
The Rangers were limited to one hit in game two, following 15 hits in game one. The Rangers were also limited to one run in game two, which came on reserve catcher Brett Nicholas’ RBI double, his fourth.
The Rangers struck out 13 times in game two, while Mazara earned the hat trick.
Gomez left game two with a right ankle injury.
Ranger starter Andrew Cashner pitched seven innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts, despite limited run support. Closer Alex Claudio blew his fourth save in a two-run, four-out appearance, following Cashner’s quality start. Rodriguez and reliever Nick Gardewine each pitched one-out scoreless appearances in the ninth to finish game two for the Rangers’ pitching staff. Texas lost 3-1.
Reliever Matt Bush was activated from the disabled list, prior to Sunday’s game.
Chirinos tied the series finale with a solo home run, his 17th, in the second. Reserve outfielder Ryan Rua used his sixth double to drive-in a run, before DeShields finished a two-run fourth with a sacrifice fly. First baseman Mike Napoli hit a RBI single, in the following inning. Three innings later, Choo used his 16th double to drive-in two runs. Then, reserve player Drew Robinson drove-in a run with his second double, in place of Odor.
Odor left the series finale with a left ankle injury.
Rua collected three of the Rangers’ 10 hits in the Sunday’s series finale.
Ranger starter A.J. Griffin did not enjoy the same success as Rua. Griffin labored through three innings, while allowing five earned runs. Reliever Nick Martinez followed suit, allowing four earned runs in a two-out appearance. Then, reliever Yohander Mendez allowed three runs, one earned, during 2 1/3 innings in his Ranger debut, before ex-starter Tyson Ross allowed four earned runs in a 2 1/3-inning appearance. Reliever Jose Leclerc finished the effort of the Rangers’ pitching staff with a scoreless two-out appearance. Texas lost 16-7.
Texas will resume its homestand with a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners (71-72), which can be heard on:
Monday: Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Tuesday: Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Wednesday: Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT