Texas Rangers: Team Finally Finds A Way To Beat Red Sox

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 04: Carlos Gomez
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 04: Carlos Gomez /

The Texas Rangers snap their three-game losing streak by beating Boston. After coming up short in the previous five encounters, Texas finally gets it done in the final match between the two clubs this season. As a result, Texas improves to 41-44, but remains in fourth place in the American League West standings. Furthermore, they’re 17.5 games behind the first-place Astros.

It was Game of Thrones night at Globe Life Park. Turned out to be a good night for the Texas Rangers. Texas jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second, making 3-0 in the third and eventually 8-0 in the fifth. Boston scored two runs two in the sixth, and at one point had two men on base with outs, threatening Texas, but Texas denied them. Texas wraps up their encounters with Boston this season with a 1-5 record. Not good, but better than 0-6. This season, Boston was too much for Texas to handle but in this game, Texas was too much for Boston to handle.

Andrew Cashner took the mound, hoping to snap a two-game losing streak. He pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three hits, two runs, and striking out four batters, improving to 4-7. His throwing of 110 pitches is a season-high. He had a no-hitter through the first 5.0 innings. Regardless, his performance is respectable. In any case, he must keep it up.

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Matt Bush relieved Cashner in the eighth inning. He pitched 1.0 inning, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out one batter. Since being reverted to a reliever, he’s yet to allow a hit or a run and he’s struck out three batters. Bush is doing great. There’s no reason for him to be rushed back to the closer position as he’s in a comfortable position at the moment. He’s pitching effectively at his spot so he’s better off staying there right now.

Alex Claudio closed the game, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out one batter. This is first shutout Texas’ 7-6 win against the Yankees ten days ago. Coming into this game allowing five runs in his last three, Claudio improved significantly by pitching a shutout and not allowing a hit. At any rate, he’s got to keep it up.

Offense finished 8-for-29, striking out seven times. So the streak of eight strikeouts or more ends at four games. Elvis Andrus did not play as he’s been placed on the MLB’s paternity leave today. As a result, Texas called up Jurickson Profar from AAA Round Rock. Rougned Odor’s extends his hitting streak to eight games while Carlos Gomez extends his to six. Mike Napoli’s five-game hitting streak ends at five. Jonathan Lucroy’s hit-less streak is now at two games. Jurickson Profar goes 2-for-3, including a two-RBI double. Adrian Beltre is now a two-game hitting streak and he’s 24 hits away from reaching 3,000. Shin-Soo Choo begins a new streak, going 1-for-3 while Nomar Mazara begins a new hit-less streak, going 0-for-3.

Texas’ offense is currently fifth in the league in strikeouts with 793, as well as second in stolen bases with 74. Furthermore, they’re 28th in hits with 677 and remain in a tie with New York for fourth in home runs with 128.

Texas is off Thursday. On Friday, Texas plays their final series before the All-Star break. They play a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. If Texas can find a way to sweep the Angels, it’ll help them climb up the A.L. West standings. Cole Hamels steps on the mound for game one, hoping to play as well or better than he did last weekend in Chicago.