Texas Rangers Chasing Astros

Nearing the last full month of the season, Colby Lewis and the Texas Rangers are currently in playoff position as the second wild card team. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
Nearing the last full month of the season, Colby Lewis and the Texas Rangers are currently the second Wild Card team. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Rangers have wrapped up their series in Detroit against the Tigers. Winning eight of their last ten games, the Rangers are now 64-59, and just 3.5 games behind the Houston Astros for first place in the A.L. West standings. After winning three games of four against the Tigers, the Rangers have increased their chance of not only earning a Wild Card playoff spot, but they’ve increased their chance on winning the division.

Martin Perez took the mound for the Rangers in Game 1. Pitching only five innings, Perez allowed six hits, surrendered three runs and struck out four batters. The Rangers offense was completely shut down and they were able to only get one hit. The Rangers ended up getting blanked 4-0 by the Tigers.

Colby Lewis was on the mound for Game 2. In seven innings, Lewis allowed six hits, surrendered no runs, and struck out two batters, and earned his 14th win of the season. The Rangers offense again struggled, but managed five hits, and the Rangers ended up blanking the Tigers 2-0.

Yovani Gallardo pitched for the Rangers in Game 3 and had a good night. Gallardo pitched six innings, allowing eight hits, surrendering no runs, and striking out four batters. This time, the Rangers offense looked good and recorded ten hits that gave the Rangers the 5-3 win.

Cole Hamels took the mound the final game of the series. Hamels finished his day allowing eight hits, surrendering two runs, and striking out two batters. The Rangers went on to win 4-2, increasing their winning streak to three, and being one step closer to the Wild Card round.

The Rangers will begin a three-game series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays today. The Rangers could reach the first place position if they can sweep Toronto, and if Houston loses their next three games.

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