The Texas Rangers wrap up their first game of their home series against the Chicago White Sox. They finish with a hard-fought victory. As a result, they’re on a four-game winning streak for the first since early June.
Once again they’re a .500 team. Hopefully, they can continue to win games as it will help clinch a possible trip to the playoffs. The Texas Rangers 1.5 games behind a wild card spot.
The Rangers had a bit of a rough night. Chicago jumped to a 4-0 lead in third, only for Texas to immediately return the favor and tie the game. Immediately after that, Chicago took a run lead, and Texas answered by scoring four runs. Chicago still didn’t go away and the cut Texas’ 8-5 lead to 8-7. Texas added one insurance run, making 9-7. Top of the ninth, Chicago scored one run with no outs, threatening the Rangers once again. However, Texas foiled Chicago’s mission.
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Another tough night for Tyson Ross, who pitched 4.1 innings, allowing five hits, five runs, and striking out two batters. Though he had run support from the bats, Ross still struggled but did put up a decent performance. Austin Bibens-Dirkx would earn the win, improving to 4-2. Matt Bush earned his seventh hold, and Alex Claudio earned his seventh save.
The bats had another good outing, going 8-for-31, striking out nine times. Scoring 37 runs in their last four games show they’ve improved lately. It wasn’t long ago that the bats were terrible. 697 runs this season, puts them sixth in the league. It was a three-run homer by Nomar Mazara that put Texas in business in this one as he finishes 2-for-4 with 5 RBIs, increasing his hitting streak to five games.
Andrew Cashner takes the mound tomorrow. Cashner is 3-1 in his last four starts. In those four starts, he hasn’t allowed more than three runs. Tomorrow, he has the chance to earn an eighth win for only the second time in his career. His seven wins so far this season are the most since 2013 when he finished 10-9.