The Texas Rangers took game two if their series in Seattle. This win results in the Rangers winning their first series this month. Furthermore, it moves the Rangers 2.5 games back in the wild-card standings.
The Texas Rangers are on a three-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Angels and the Minnesota Twins who are both ahead of the Rangers have both lost three straight. The Angels and Twins losing has played a big part in the Rangers moving up in the wild-card standings.
However, the Rangers can’t just count on the Angels and Twins losing. The Rangers need to rack up wins, as well. Last night’s 8-6 hard-fought win sparked momentum.
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Andrew Cashner took the mound. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, and striking out two batters, earning his tenth win of the season. This is only the second time in his career where he’s won at least ten games. If he can another, he’ll set a new career-high.
The bullpen had a decent performance. There was a bit of scare as the when Cashner was pulled, Texas had an 8-3 lead. The bullpen allowed three runs but did manage to pull through at the end and prevent Seattle from coming back. Alex Claudio went on to earn his tenth save this year.
Bats were quiet for much of the game with the exception of the fourth inning when the Rangers scored seven runs to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Rougned Odor blasted a grand slam, becoming the third Ranger to have multiple grand slams against one club on the road. Bats finished 8-for-35, striking out 14 times.
The Rangers wrap up their series in Seattle tonight before heading out to Bay area for a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. Cole Hamels is on the mound tonight for the Rangers.
Cole Hamels is on the mound tonight for the Rangers. The game begins at 9:10 PM Central Time.