Sunday, September 18, 2011
One-run wins rare these days for Rangers
By Terry Blount
SEATTLE -- Winning close games typically is a must come playoff time, so the 7-6 come-from-behind victory for the Rangers over the Mariners Saturday was important in more ways than just another win.
It was the first time in a month the Rangers had won a one-run game. The last time was Aug. 17 in a 4-3 victory over the Angels in Anaheim.
Texas had lost four consecutive one-run games -- 2-1 at Anaheim, 3-2 at Chicago, 5-4 at Tampa Bay and 8-7 against Oakland at home -- before defeating Seattle Saturday.
The Rangers haven’t fared well this season in one-run decisions, going 17-23 overall, including 6-19 on the road. But the team is 11-4 in one-run games at Arlington.
Texas relievers Darren Oliver, Michael Gonzalez, Mike Adams and Neftali Feliz combined to pitch 3 1/3 shutout innings Saturday night to preserve the one-run win.