Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Rays 2 (14)
August, 13, 2014
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adam Rosales drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the Texas Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Rosales walked on four pitches to give the Rangers their first extra-innings victory since April 11, when they defeated the Houston Astros 1-0. The Rangers are now 2-4 in extra inning games this season.
This tied for the longest game, innings-wise, this season for the Rangers.
Reliever Scott Baker earned the win, his first of the season.
Tepesch was very good: Nick Tepesch has talked about pitching with consistency and not worrying about what happened in his previous outing, good or bad.
The Rangers starter was very good Tuesday night. He left trailing 2-0 but ended up with a no-decision. He pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts. He threw 102 pitches, the most he has thrown since his 106 on June 27 against Minnesota. In that game he left with a 5-0 lead.
Martin breaks out: Center fielder Leonys Martin broke a 1-for-21 slide with a career-high four hits. Martin scored the Rangers' first run after his seventh-inning single. He was robbed of an extra-base hit when Desmond Jennings made a one-handed grab before crashing into the fence in center to end the eighth. Martin is still going through some issues at the plate. Heading into Tuesday’s game, Martin was hitting .179 since the All-Star break and has just seven RBIs since July 2.
Baserunning questions: If the Rangers were in a pennant race, it might have raised questions about the decision-making. But since the team is 26 games behind first-place Oakland in the American League West, it’s not that big of a deal.
In the Rangers’ half of the seventh, third-base coach Gary Pettis held Martin at third rather than have him try to score from first on Geovany Soto's double to deep left-center. The decision didn’t bother the Rangers because Rougned Odor drove Martin in with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 2-1. However, after the Rangers tied the game on an RBI double from Shin-Soo Choo, Pettis made another key decision. Pettis gave Choo the green light to head home after Elvis Andrus' single to right. Choo, playing with a bad left ankle, was thrown out easily by right fielder Kevin Kiermaier. Rosales, who pinch hit for Mike Carp, struck out to end the inning on a questionable inside pitch.
What’s next? The third game of this four-game set has Miles Mikolas (1-4, 6.57 ERA) scheduled to face fellow right-hander Chris Archer (7-6, 3.33).