Saturday, August 31, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 2, Twins 1
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Leonys Martin had the sixth walk-off of the season for the Rangers, ripping a single up the middle and driving in Alex Rios from third base for a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Getting it done: The Rangers struggled all night with the bats, but they put together a rally in the bottom of the ninth. Rios had a one-out double into the left-field corner. After pinch hitter Jeff Baker was intentionally walked, Jurickson Profar hit a high fly ball to center field to move Rios to third base. Craig Gentry, who has played great baseball all month, walked to load the bases to set up the struggling Martin, who drilled a single off of Twins reliever Brian Duensing to bring in Rios for the game winner. It was the second walk-off of Martin's career.
Garza delivers: Matt Garza allowed a leadoff home run to Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, then delivered his best outing in six starts for the Rangers. Garza pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball following the Dozier homer. He allowed three hits and struck out nine. He worked himself out of a jam in the top of seventh after walking Ryan Doumit and Chris Colabello. But with one out and Garza well over 100 pitches, he got Clete Thomas to fly out to left field and struck out Darin Mastroianni. Garza ended a streak of five consecutive starts in which he allowed at least four earned runs.
No win for Garza, Darvish: The Rangers have made two turns through the rotation without Garza or Yu Darvish recording a victory. It's not a trend they need to continue. Garza was last to win between the two when he beat the Houston Astros on Aug. 19.
All tied up: Garza allowed a run in the top of the first, but the Rangers were able to get it right back. Elvis Andrus had a one-out single and went to third on Ian Kinsler's single to right field. Andrus was lifted from the game when he pulled up limping running the bases. Adam Rosales replaced Andrus and scored on Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly to right to tie the game at 1.
Singles night: The Rangers had seven singles through eight innings as they were forced to play station-to-station baseball. Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey, who came in with a 5.06 ERA, had a big night, with seven strikeouts.
Up next: The Rangers and Twins complete a three-game series on Sunday afternoon with left-hander Travis Blackley (2-1, 4.80 ERA) facing right-hander Kevin Correia (8-10, 4.32). First pitch is at 2:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540 AM.