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The Texas Rangers have wrapped up their final series against the Los Angeles Angels. Texas sits with a 90-63 overall record and they’re 8.5 games against the second place Astros. The Rangers’ final record against the Angels this season is 10-9. Since the Angels are not a winning team, winning just 10 of 19 games is not satisfying for the Rangers organization. However, a 36-10 record in one-run games and a total of 47 come-from-behind wins is something positive for the Rangers.
How the Rangers did it
Offense: Registered 32 hits, scored 12 runs, blasted three homers, and struck out 14 times. In Game 1, Adrian Beltre registered his 2, 930th hit, tying with Hall of Famer Roger Hornsby for 37th all-time in hits. In Game 2, Nomar Mazara blasted his 20th homer of the season, thus becoming the fourth Ranger to blast at least 20 homers as a rookie.
Starting Rotation: Martin Perez, A.J. Griffin, and Derek Holland were the starting pitchers. Perez went 7.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering two runs, and striking out two. For the second time in his last five starts, he did not allow a walk. The Rangers went on to win, but Perez earned a second consecutive no-decision. Griffin went a season-low of 1.2 innings, allowing three hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out one. The Rangers took the victory, but Griffin earned his second consecutive no decision. Holland went 5.0 innings, allowing six hits, surrendering five runs, and striking out three. The Rangers went on to lose 5-4, thus giving Holland this third straight loss. He’s on a three-game losing streak for the second time this year and sixth time in his career. If he loses his next start, he’ll be a four-game losing streak for the second time in his career.
Bullpen: Allowed eight hits, surrendered just one run, and struck out six. Bullpen earned the two wins in this series. Sam Dyson improved to 3-2 in game one and earned his 35th save in Game 2. In Game 2, Nick Martinez was given the win, and it was his first win since June 15th. The Bullpen earned the wins in the last seven Ranger victories.
The Rangers are in Oakland tonight for their final three-game series against the A’s. Texas is 8-8 against Oakland this year, and Oakland is at the bottom of the A.L. West. So the Rangers need to win this series. Cole Hamels steps on the mound for Texas. Hamels hasn’t earned a win in nearly a month, so he’ll look to be 15-5.
Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
9/23 @A’s 8:35 p.m.
9/24 @A’s 3:05 p.m.
9/25 @A’s 3:05 p.m.