The Texas Rangers (49-64) won a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (34-78) at Globe Life Park over the weekend.
First baseman Jurickson Profar started the series opener with a three-run home run, his 11th, in the first inning. Then, center fielder Delino DeShields hit a RBI double, his 12th, before shortstop Elvis Andrus hit a RBI single and a run scored on a wild pitch in the second. Later in the second, Profar hit a RBI single, right fielder Joey Gallo hit a RBI double, his 14th, and catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a two-run single. Next, Andrus hit a RBI double, his 12th, in the third before left fielder Willie Calhoun hit a RBI double, his second, and second baseman Rougned Odor earned a RBI walk. Lastly, Odor hit a two-run home run, his 11th, before Gallo hit a solo home run, his 27th, in the seventh and Andrus hit a RBI groundout in the eighth. Texas won 17-8.
Starter Yovani Gallardo allowed five runs, two walks and struck out four in 5 1/3 innings to earn his sixth win. Then, reliever Eddie Butler allowed three runs and struck out two in 3 2/3 innings to earn his first career save.
Odor scored on a throwing error in the first to start game two for the Rangers. In the fourth, Gallo hit a two-run home run, his 28th, catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a solo home run, his 15th, and Odor hit a grand slam, his 12th home run. In the eighth, Calhoun hit a two-run double, his third before designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo hit a RBI single. Texas won 11-3.
Rookie Ariel Jurado allowed two runs, two walks and struck out three in five innings to earn his second save before the bullpen allowed one run and struck out five in four innings.
Gallo hit a two-run home run, his 29th, in the fourth of game three before Odor hit a solo home run, his 13th, in the eighth. Texas won 3-1.
Lefty Mike Minor allowed a run and struck out six in seven innings to earn his eighth win before the bullpen struck out one in two scoreless innings, which included reliever Jose Leclerc’s first save of the season.
Chirinos got Texas on the board in the series finale with a two-run single in the first. In the next inning, Choo and Andrus each used productive outs to drive in a run before Gallo hit a RBI single. Finally, Odor hit a RBI groundout in the eighth. Texas lost 9-6.
Starter Drew Hutchison allowed six runs and three walks in three innings, which was his Ranger debut. Then, the bullpen allowed three runs and struck out five in six innings.
Odor’s strong weekend earned him AL Player of the Week honors.
Texas will finish its seven-game homestand with a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners (64-48).
These games can be heard on:
Monday- 1560 AM or 107.9 Tulsa at 7 p.m.
Tuesday- 1560 AM or 107.9 Tulsa at 7 p.m.
Wednesday- 1560 AM at 12:30 p.m.