Texas got another sharp performance from starter Nick Martinez, and the offense totaled 11 hits for a 8-2 win Tuesday night over the Angels at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Martinez gave up one unearned run in seven innings, keeping his 0.00 ERA intact through two starts. The right hander avoided trouble early, when the Angels stranded five runners over the first two innings. Martinez left Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on in the first, and he induced an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the second. Chris Iannetta scored an unearned run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly. Adrian Beltre’s throwing error kept Iannetta on base.
Hitting: Jeff Banister’s shuffling of the lineup paid off early, as new leadoff hitter Rougned Odor started the first inning with a walk before stealing second base. Two-hole hitter Mitch Moreland, also in a higher spot in the order, then singled, scoring Odor. In the second, Robinson Chirinos doubled with two outs to score Elvis Andrus and Leonys Martin. Odor followed with another double, driving in Chirinos. Texas tallied six hits in 2 and 2/3 innings against Angels starter Drew Rucinski. After that, the Rangers only piled on more in the sixth with a solo homer from Elvis Andrus and a three-run shot from Chirinos.
Notable: Andrus’ 367-foot homer was his first in 481 at-bats, which was the longest active drought in the majors...Chirinos’ five RBIs were a career high. He started the game with one hit in 13 at-bats and finished tied for the team RBI lead...Prince Fielder added two more singles Tuesday to bump his team-high batting average to .405...Tuesday’s announced attendance of 21,805 was up from Monday’s five-year low of 18,401, but it was still below last year’s season low of 23,081.
Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760
Angels at Rangers, 1:05 p.m.
TV: FSSW; Radio: KRLD / 105.3 FM
RHP Anthony Radauno (0-0) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (0-1, 5.06 ERA)