Yovani Gallardo took a shutout into the sixth inning Monday, scattering five hits, and Adrian Beltre had a two-run single as the Texas Rangers opened a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners with a 3-0 win.
The win moved the Rangers back to within two games of Houston in the American League West and ensured that they wouldn’t lose any of their advantage for the second wild card.
The Rangers entered Monday with a 1 ½-game lead over Minnesota, which was playing at Kansas City.
It wasn’t all good news for the Rangers. Delino DeShields injured his left leg while being thrown out trying to steal third to end the seventh. He needed assistance leaving the field, and was diagnosed with a mild sprain of his left knee.
He is listed as day to day.
Pitching: Gallardo (12-9) took a shutout into the sixth, but was allowed to get only one out in the inning before manager Jeff Banister went to the bullpen. … Gallardo allowed five hits but again posted a zero in the run column. … He narrowly avoided a run in the fifth as Brad Miller hit a one-out triple but was out on a contact play against a drawn-in infield. … Gallardo allowed a leadoff single to Kyle Seager in the sixth and struck out Mark Trumbo on his 92nd pitch. It was Gallardo’s last as, left-hander Andrew Faulkner entered with four lefty hitters coming for Seattle. … Faulkner got Robinson Cano on a liner to center and struck out Seth Smith to end the inning, and worked a perfect seventh. … Sam Dyson stranded a runner a third in a scoreless eighth, and Shawn Tolleson
Hitting: The offense was stuck on only two Mike Napoli singles through five innings before a three-hit sixth that produced two runs. The rally started with Delino DeShields drawing a walk, followed by a Shin-Soo Choo single. After Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch, Adrian Beltre lined a two-run single to right field. Napoli followed with his third hit, a blooper to right to reload the bases, but Elvis Andrus was robbed of a hit as shortstop Ketel Marte snared his one-hop smash and started an inning-ending double play. … The Rangers tacked on a run in the seventh, as Rougned Odor opened with a single, moved to second on a bunt by Bobby Wilson and advanced to third and home on a wild pitches as DeShields batted with two outs. … DeShields was out trying to steal third, and was injured on the play.
Notable: Wilson was credited with two runners caught stealing in the first inning, the first time a Rangers catcher had thrown out two would-be base stealers in one inning since Geovany Soto did it Sept. 19, 2013.