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The Texas Rangers have once again fallen back into the series-lose column after losing two-out-three in Baltimore. However, the Rangers are 6.5 games ahead of Houston due to Houston losing three straight. So the Rangers caught a big break on this one.
Performance against the Orioles
Offense: Registered a total of 21 hits, scored eight runs, and were struck out 26 times. Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy both made their debut for the Rangers in this series, and they went a combined 5-for-22, struck out four times, and they both homered once. Unfortunately, the Rangers’ 14 game streak of hitting homers ended in game one, but they did manage to homer in the next two, so they’re now on a two-game homering streak. Overall, the offense’s performance was average.
Rotation: Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, and A.J. Griffin were the starting pitchers. They allowed a total of 15 hits, surrendered nine runs, and struck out 21 batters. Darvish went 6.1 innings, allowing a total of six hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out nine, but unfortunately, he and the Rangers lost. Darvish is on a three-game losing streak for the first time since 2013. Hamels went 7.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out six. However, he and the Rangers came up short in this one, as well, and Hamels suffered his third loss of the season. Griffin went 5.2 innings, allowing five hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out six, his highest number of strikeouts since June 30. The Rangers were able to win game three, giving Griffin his fifth win of the year. Pitching was excellent in this game. They just came up short at the end.
Bullpen: Allowed a total of seven hits, surrendered just two runs, and striking out three batters. Great performance by the bullpen.
The Rangers are now headed back to the Lone Star State for a three-game series against their in-state rivals Astros. They’re 9-1 against Houston this year, and 21-5 against Houston since May of last year. Martin Perez will be on the mound for the Rangers tonight for game one. Hopefully, he’ll earn his first win since June 26.
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