Yovani Gallardo tossed six scoreless innings Saturday night, and the Texas Rangers strung together five consecutive singles in a four-run third inning en route to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Rougned Odor homered in the ninth to snap a string of nine straight singles for the Rangers in the first eight innings.
The Rangers will go for a third straight win and a series victory Sunday as Cole Hamels returns to the mound for his fourth start since being acquired from Philadelphia.
Delino DeShields, Shin-Soo Choo, Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli singled off Randy Wolf with one out in the third. Fielder, Beltre and Napoli drove in runs, as did Elvis Andrus with grounder to second.
Pitching: Gallardo didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning, but he tossed six scoreless innings and became a 10-game winner. He pitched around two-out double by Miguel Cabrera in the first, consecutive singles to open the second, a one-out double by Ian Kinsler in the and two-out triple in the sixth by Nick Castellanos. … Gallardo has won three straight decisions and logged six innings for the first time since July 30. … Gallardo was pulled after allowing a single on the first pitch of the seventh, but Jake Diekman stranded Jose Iglesias, and Sam Dyson worked 1 2/3 innings, but was removed after back-to-back infield singles. ... Shawn Tolleson entered and served up a three-run homer to Kinsler before getting Tyler Collins to end it.
Hitting: The Rangers had nine hits and nine total bases against Wolf, but that was enough for a second straight win. … Their first three singles came in the second, but they did scored because Adrian Beltre was erased as he stumbled off first base on a pickoff try. … The Rangers did all their damage against Wolf in the third. DeShields singled to left for a one-out hit, went to second as Choo followed with a single to left, and scored as Fielder singled to right. … Beltre, who went 3 for 4, sent a single to left to score Choo, and Napoli’s single, another to left field, was deep enough for Fielder to rumble home. Beltre scored as Andrus followed with a grounder to second base. … The only other Rangers hit off wolf was a hard Beltre single off the base of the left-field wall. … Odor snapped the singles-fest with a deep solo homer to right field in the ninth.