Rangers beat Tigers 5-3, extend winning streak to 10 games
Even though the second-place Rangers have baseball’s longest winning streak since Boston won 11 straight late past year, they have made up just two games on the AL West-leading Astros, who have a 6½ game cushion.
The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers meet Saturday in Major League Baseball action at Comerica Park. You play who they tell you to. The Tigers and Red Sox, just like the Rangers, are hovering just above.500. Second, the Tigers are throwing two lefties (Norris, Boyd) against Texas in this series, which makes the below stat pretty relevant. They’re also in second place but the deficit in the AL Central is only one game. He lasted five innings and allowed five runs, seven hits, including both home runs on 2-0 pitches, and two walks.
Giving up just four hits and a walk over his five innings of work allowed Martinez to pick up his first win of the season as he’s now given up three or fewer runs in four of his six starts.
In Minneapolis, pinch hitter Kennys Vargas launched a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning and Jorge Polanco hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th. The Rangers had loaded the bases with just one out thanks to a single, walk, HBP sequence. After getting recalled after Thursday afternoon’s win over the Orioles, the young right-hander was optioned back after Friday night’s loss to the Rangers.
In Atlanta, Nick Markakis hit a go-ahead single off Enny Romero (2-2) in the eighth inning and Kurt Suzuki added a two-run homer. The blast of Napoli’s bat was his ninth of the year as the Party At Napoli’s continues to rev up. He surrendered a long home run to Rangers designated hitter Mike Napoli to lead off the bottom of the fourth before striking out the side to escape the inning with no further damage. Detroit is now 20-19 overall and 11-8 at home.
Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki was 0-for-3. Justin Upton doubled after Martinez got the first two outs.
“We made a couple errors (Friday night), gave up a couple outs on the bases”. Martinez reached first base on an infield single that drove in Iglesias.
Joey Gallo decided that he didn’t want to see the winning streak slip away, however, as he teed off on Norris for a two-run bomb to the top of the right field seats near the concourse.
Gallo’s 13th home run was off a 2-0 fastball by Norris and went deep into the lower deck in right with Rougned Odor, who had singled, on base.
The home run had to be especially gratifying for Gallo as he came into tonight’s contest just 4-for-28 (.143) during the current winning streak. In three starts at home, he is 1-0 with an 0.86 ERA.
Hellickson (5-1) struck out two and walked one, retiring 16 of the final 17 batters he faced to win for the first time in more than three weeks.
Tony Barnette allowed a run in the sixth, but Keone Kela worked two scoreless innings and Matt Bush picked up his fifth save despite allowing an unearned run in the ninth.