The Texas Rangers (36-46) won two of three against the San Diego Padres (36-47) at Globe Life Park.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus started the offense for the Rangers in the series opener with a RBI single in the fifth. In the sixth, catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a RBI single before first baseman Ronald Guzman drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, center fielder Delino DeShields and left fielder Shin-Soo Choo each hit a RBI single before Andrus drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Finally, Chirinos hit a RBI double, his 10th, in the seventh. Texas won 7-4.
Ace Cole Hamels allowed four runs, a walk and struck out five in five innings. Then, the bullpen combined for four scoreless innings and three strikeouts, which included closer Keone Kela’s 19th save.
Second baseman Rougned Odor hit a solo home run, his third, in the second of game two before Chirinos hit a RBI double, his 10th, in the fourth. Texas lost 3-2.
Starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx allowed four walks and struck out six in five scoreless innings. Then, the bullpen allowed three runs and a walk, all from lefty Jake Diekman, and struck out five in four innings.
Designated hitter Adrian Beltre hit a RBI double, his 11th, before third baseman Jurickson Profar hit a RBI single in the third of the series finale. In the fourth, DeShields hit a RBI single before catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a RBI single in the seventh. Finally, left fielder Ryan Rua hit a solo home run, his third, in the eighth. Texas won 5-2.
Lefty Mike Minor struck out five in seven scoreless innings. Then, the bullpen combined for two runs allowed, two walks and struck out four in two innings, which included Kela’s 20th save.
Texas will continue its eight-game homestand with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox (28-51).
These games can be heard on:
Friday- 107.9 Tulsa at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday- 107.9 Tulsa at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday- 107.9 Tulsa at 1:30 p.m.