Robinson Chirinos hit a walkoff homer with no outs in the ninth inning to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 win Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Globe Life Park. Chirinos’ 401-foot shot came on a 1-1 count and saved another stellar outing by rookie starter Chi Chi Gonzalez.
Gonzalez pitched eight shutout innings before giving up a two-run, game-tying homer with an out in the Dodgers’ ninth. Shawn Tolleson pitched the final two outs of the inning to earn the win.
Texas (35-30) will play the Dodgers (37-28) in Los Angeles on Wednesday at 9:10 p.m.
Pitchers: Gonzalez shined until the ninth inning, when with one out he gave up the homer to Justin Turner after walking Howie Kendrick.
Before that, he threw perfect frames in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh. With runners on first and second in the fifth, Gonzalez struck out leadoff hitter Joc Pederson swinging, with a change up, to end the threat. He also struck out cleanup hitter Howie Kendrick to end the sixth. Until Turner’s homer, all four of Los Angeles’ hits were singles.
Hitters: In the first, Joey Gallo worked a full count walk to drive home Prince Fielder, who started the two-out rally with a walk. Kyle Blanks and Mitch Moreland followed Fielder with singles to set up Gallo’s eighth RBI of the season. Fielder later drove home Hanser Alberto with a two-out infield single to put Texas up 2-0 in the fifth.
Notable: Mitch Moreland extended his hitting streak to 11 games...This is week is the Rangers’ first series against the Dodgers since 2009. They’ll return to Dodger Stadium on Wednesday for the first time since 2001...Blanks’ single in the first and double in the eighth were his first two hits since coming off the 15-day DL last week.
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