Leonys Martin broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning Thursday with an RBI single and scored on a two-out single by Rougned Odor, and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 for a series win.
Yovani Gallardo worked six more scoreless innings, giving him 29 1/3 in a row and moving him past Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins for the fourth-best streak in club history.
It wasn’t easy, as he needed 94 pitches. He allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out two.
The Rangers didn’t have many chances against Kevin Gausman, but wasted one in the sixth as Odor was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple to open the inning.
Elvis Andrus and Martin stranded Josh Hamilton at second base in the seventh, and Hamilton lined out to center field to end the eighth with the bases loaded.
But Shin-Soo Choo started the ninth with a walk, went to second on an Andrus bunt and scored on Martin’s single. Odor singled two batters later to plate Martin.
Pitching: Yovani Gallardo tossed six scoreless innings, extending his scoreless-scoreless inning streak to 29 1/3 innings. That’s fourth-best in club history. … He allowed two hits, walked three and struck out two, but needed 94 pitches to do so. … He twice saw runners reach third base in the first three innings, but each time escaped to keep his scoreless-innings streak in tact. … In the first, Chris Davis lined into an inning-ending double play with Jimmy Paredes at third, and Davis struck out to end the fourth with David Lough at third. … The Davis strikeout started a string of nine straight batters retired until Davis walked with two outs in the sixth. He was then picked off. … Sam Freeman worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings, continuing his good pitching, and Keone Kela threw only one pitch in the eighth but got two outs on a Manny Machado inning-ending double play. … Shawn Tolleson remained perfect for his career in save opportunities, converting his 12th straight with a scoreless ninth.
Hitting: The Rangers had only two hits through five innings, both singles by Prince Fielder. … He has 34 multi-hit games, which leads the major leagues. … Rougned Odor started the sixth with a double but was throwing out trying to stretch it into a triple. He likely would have scored two batters later on a Fielder grounder had he not made the first out of the inning at third base. … Josh Hamilton singled and Shin-Soo Choo walked with one out in the seventh, but Darren O’Day cooled the threat by striking out Elvis Andrus and getting Leonys Martin to fly out. … In the eighth, three straight batters reach with two outs, but Hamilton lined out to center field. … The Rangers cashed in on a leadoff walk to Choo in the ninth. Andrus bunted him to second, and Martin lined a single to center as Choo raced home. … Martin went to second on the throw home, and scored two batters later as Odor singled to right field.
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