Adrian Beltre homered for a second consecutive game and drove in two runs, and Yovani Gallardo allowed only three runs in 5 1/3 tough innings as the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-3 victory.
Ryan Strausborger, playing for Josh Hamilton, collected hits in his first three at-bats, including his first career homer in the fourth inning.
The win was the Rangers’ seventh straight at Globe Life Park and their fourth straight overall ahead of a three-game series against Seattle. The Rangers stayed four games behind Houston in the American League West and moved a game back of the second wild-card spot pending the Los Angeles Angels’ game Sunday night at Kansas City.
Pitching: Gallardo didn’t miss many bats, though four of his five strikeouts were swinging. But the Rays got him for 11 hits, including three in each of the first two innings to take a 3-2 lead. … Gallardo did his best pitching in the fifth after consecutive one-out singles put runners at first and second. He struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and Desmond Jennings to end the threat. … Left-hander Sam Freeman got the final two outs of the sixth by striking out right-handed-hitting pinch-hitters Brandon Guyer and Richie Shaffer. Righties are hitting .158 against Freeman this season. … Keone Kela and Sam Dyson each worked a perfect inning, in the seventh and eighth. ... Shawn Tolleson pitched around a one-out single in the ninth for his 23rd save.
Hitting: Delino DeShields, who turned 23 on Sunday, started the first with a walk and a stolen base, then raced home ahead of the relay throw on a double by Shin-Soo Choo to erase an early 1-0 deficit. Choo scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Beltre. … DeShields drove in the game-tying run in the second on a two-out flare that fell for a single and scored Bobby Wilson. … Beltre found the seats with one out in the fourth, giving him 11 homers this season and 406 in his career. That’s 51st all time, one ahead of Miguel Cabrera and one behind Duke Snider. … Strausborger hit his first career homer with one out in the fourth on a drive down the left-field line.
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