Chris Gimenez and Mike Napoli hit solo homers Sunday, and Cole Hamels earned his first win with Texas Rangers as they beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 to remain in the second-wild card spot.
Hamels limited the damage against the Tigers, who couldn’t tack on runs in the first, second or fourth with runners in scoring position. He allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings.
Mitch Moreland had a two-run go-ahead double in the sixth, an inning after manager Jeff Banister and Adrian Beltre were ejected for arguing a called strike.
The Rangers won the four-game series at Comerica Park, winning the final three, and moved five games above . 500 (64-59) for the first time since June 20. They are assured of having at least a half-time lead for the second wild card pending the outcome of the Los Angeles Angels’ game on the West Coast.
Pitching: Hamels allowed eight hits and two runs in six innings, but he left with a 3-2 lead as he limited damage for a second straight start. … The Tigers got him for the game’s first run in the first, a rally that included a wild throw to third from Shin-Soo Choo that allowed Ian Kinsler to score. … Detroit put runners at first and second in the second, but Hamels wiggled free. … The Tigers scored again in the fourth after a one-out triple by James McCann and a single by Jose Iglesias, who went to third on a Tyler Collins single. But Hamels struck out Rajai Davis and got Kinsler on a flyout. … Keone Kela worked a scoreless seventh, pitching around a bad-hop single with two outs. … Sam Dyson turned in another dominant performance, needing only six pitches to get three groundouts in the eighth. ... Shawn Tolleson had an easy ninth for his 25th save.
Hitting: The Rangers didn’t do much against Matt Boyd over the first five innings, aside from Gimenez’s solo shot to start the third. The homer was Gimenez’s third of the season, matching his career-high. … The Rangers wasted a leadoff double by Rougned Odor in the fifth, but didn’t miss out in the sixth. Boyd hit Choo to start the inning, and Elvis Andrus followed with a bunt hit. Moreland brought them home with a double to right field, giving the Rangers a 3-2 lead. … Napoli did exactly what he was acquired to do, swatting a solo homer in the eighth inning off left-hander Blaine Hardy, the first homer Hardy had allowed in 84 2/3 innings.
Notable: Banister and third baseman Beltre were ejected in the fifth inning. It appeared as though plate ump Adam Hamari tossed Beltre for arguing a strike call from the dugout, and, crew chief Ron Kulpa began barking at Beltre as he continue to argue, Banister was tossed.