Elvis Andrus delivered a two-run single in the ninth inning moments after Tanner Scheppers had blown a four-run lead, and the Texas Rangers escaped Coors Field with a 10-8 win over the Colorado Rockies.
The victory gave the Rangers a series win and improved their second-half record to 3-3 ahead of an important three-game series at Anaheim that begins Friday.
Delino DeShields scored three runs, Rougned Odor finished a double shy of the cycle and Martin Perez allowed three earned runs in six innings.
Pitching: Perez didn’t allow much solid contact, yet found himself on the brink of losing a 5-1 lead as Colorado scored three runs in the fourth. Two errors on one play by Rougned Odor contributed to the Rockies’ rally, as did an infield hit and a bloop single. … Perez, though, retired the final seven batters he faced. … His command was lacking some, as he walked four, but he was still standing after six innings and 94 pitches. … Keone Kela mowed through the meat of the Rockies’ order in a scoreless seventh after Sam Freeman walked Carlos Gonzalez to start the inning. … The Rockies, though, connected for two homers in the eighth off Tanner Scheppers, a solo homer by Nick Hundley and a three-run homer by Carlos Gonzalez that tied the game at 8-8. … Scheppers has allowed nine runs (eight earned) in his past six outings covering 4 1/3 innings. … Shawn Tolleson cooled the Rockies in the ninth, collecting his 14th save.
Hitting: Delino DeShields had only one hit, but scored three times and helped the Rangers extend their lead after the Rockies had closed to 5-4. … He and Rougned Odor started the game with bunt singles, and both scored on a ground smash by Mitch Moreland. Elvis Andrus had a sacrifice fly, and Shin-Soo Choo had an RBI single in the four-run first. … Odor connected for his sixth homer of the season with two outs in the second. … DeShields was hit by a Jorge De La Rosa pitch to start the fifth, went to second on an Odor grounder, stole third and scored on a throwing error by Hundley. … DeShields started the seventh with a walk and scored as Odor followed with a triple off the right-field wall. Odor scored on as Mitch Moreland beat out the back end of a potential double play. … Odor walked to start the ninth and went to third as Adrian Beltre followed with a single. The bases were loaded with one out three batters later when Elvis Andrus slapped a 1-2 pitch off the glove of third baseman Nolan Arenado, a Glove Glove winner, and into left field for a two-run single.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760