Texas Rangers: Team Wins Sixth Straight And Sweep A’s
The Texas Rangers won their six straight game yesterday afternoon. Not only that, but they swept the Oakland Athletics, thus winning their second series in a row. Their six-game winning streak is the longest this season. Their sweeping of Oakland is their second sweeping this season. The Rangers are in second place in the American League West standings. They trail the first place Houston Astros by 7.5 games.
Another excellent performance by the Texas Rangers. Again, they found themselves trailing 4-2 late in the game, but somehow they found another way to come back and win it 6-4. As a matter of fact, this win is their fifth come-from-behind win in a row. Pitching forced Oakland to leave a total of eight players on base.
A.J. Griffin took the mound. He pitched 5.0 innings, allowing a season-high seven hits, four runs, and striking out a season-low three batters. A rough afternoon for him as he allowed three home runs and was at risk of suffering his first loss this season. However, due to the offense progressing and Texas winning, he was spared, thus earning a no-decision, his second this season.
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Jeremy Jeffress relieved Griffin. He pitched 1.1 innings, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out no batters. Dario Alvarez then came in, pitching 0.2 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out one batter, thus earning the win, improving to 2-0 this season.
Sam Dyson then entered, pitching 1.0 inning, allowing two hits, no runs, and striking out no pitchers, earning his second hold. Dyson is slowly progressing and getting better each night he plays. In any case, he needs to keep it up. Matt Bush closed out the game, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out no batters, earning his fourth save.
Offense finished 12-for-33 and struck out four times. Elvis Andrus and Carlos Gomez each had six hits and scored a combined three runs. However, speaking of Gomez, he left the game after sustaining a hamstring injury. He’s undergoing an MRI today. Rougned Odor, Mike Napoli, Joey Gallo, and Ryan Rua all went hit-less. Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara each had two hits. In the bottom of the seventh, Texas trailed 4-2, but thanks to a pair of hits by Andrus and Mazara, Texas regained the lead and held on. A total of five Rangers were left on base.
The Rangers are off today. Tomorrow night, they begin a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Yu Darvish takes the mound. Texas is 19-20. If they can sweep the Phillies, they’ll over .500 for the first time this season.