The Rangers received homers from Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland in the fourth inning to take the finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Sunday at Globe Life Park. It’s the first time Fielder and Moreland have homered in the same game this season and only the second time they’ve homered in the same inning. The Rangers won their eighth consecutive homer series, the longest stretch in a season since 1993.
Pitching: Martin Perez held the Pirates to two runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings to improve to 3-4 with the win. Perez struck out three and worked out of trouble in five of his six innings. After two singles in the sixth, he induced a fly out, got a strikeout and groundout to end the inning with runners on the corners. In the fourth, a single and double gave the Pirates at second and third with no outs before Perez forced two groundouts and then struck out Jordy Mercer looking on a 95 mph fastball.
Matt Bush and Tony Barnette pitched scoreless innings of relief before Sam Dyson closed it out in the ninth.
Hitting: Texas scored four times in the fourth inning as Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland homered. Fielder led off with his third homer. Moreland’s came with two outs after Adrian Beltre and Ryan Rua had walked, and gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead. The Rangers had the bases loaded with with no outs in the sixth but only salvaged one run to make it 5-2 on Bryan Holaday’s sacrifice fly to center, which scored Beltre. Jurickson Profar singled to start the seventh and came around to score from second base on a wild pitch strike out with Beltre at the plate. Beltre was safe at first on a throwing error by the catcher. Profar slide in safely just ahead of the tag to make it 6-2.
Notable: Fielder snapped a 34-game stretch without a homer, the longest of his career ... Fielder and Moreland homered in the same game for the fourth time and in the same inning for the second time. The also did it May 22, 2015 in the third inning against the Yankees’ Michael Pineda ... 44,613 was Sunday’s paid attendance.