Texas’ four-game win streak came to an end as the San Diego Padres took the series opener 7-0 Monday night at Petco Park. The Rangers were held to three hits and shut out for the eighth time and first since August 20 at Detroit.
Pitching: The Padres scored twice in the third against Colby Lewis to take a 2-0 lead. An infield single in the hole at short by Travis Jankowski started the rally for San Diego. He scored on Yonder Alonso’s single to center. Alonso came home on Matt Kemp’s double to left. The Padres added four more in the sixth, including three charged to Lewis. Lewis left with two on and two outs. Left-hander Andrew Faulkner made his major league debut and got a ground ball to third, but Adrian Beltre’s error loaded the bases. Yangervis Solarte’s single to to right scored Austin Hedges to make it 6-0. San Diego added another run in the eighth against Anthony Bass when Jankowski tripled to the right-field corner and scored on Brett Wallace’s double down the line in left.
Hitting: Texas was held to one hit, a first-inning double by Prince Fielder in the first, through the first four innings by the Padres’ Tyson Ross. Elvis Andrus led off the fifth with a single but was thrown out trying to steal second. Will Venable followed with a walk but was forced out on Bobby Wilson’s comebacker to the mound. Andrus finished with two of the Rangers’ three hits.
Notable: Lewis’ four-game hit streak came to an end after he went 0 for 2. ... Texas made an error for the first time in the past five games when Beltre failed to field a grounder in the sixth. ... The Rangers have made five errors in the past 12 games. ... The Rangers were shut out for the eighth time this season and first since Aug. 20 at Detroit.
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