The Texas Rangers scored twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth for a stunning 4-3 comeback win Saturday afternoon against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The win clinches the Rangers club record ninth series win. The Rangers have won 12 of their past 13 series.
Pitching: Nick Martinez allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. Two of the runs came in the fifth after he allowed three singles, a walk and a hit a batter. Cesar Ramos took over with the bases loaded and one out against Matt Adams after the Cardinals had taken a 3-0 lead. Ramos got Adams to fly out to center field and Ian Desmond threw out Kolton Wong at home trying to tag up on the play. Ramos held the Cardinals scoreless in 2 2/3 innings. Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless eighth before Jake Diekman earned the save with a perfect ninth.
Hitting: Texas was held to three singles and a walk through the first six innings by Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. Seung Hwan Oh replaced Martinez in the eighth and struck out Robinson Chirinos and pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland before the Rangers rallied for two runs. Shin-Soo Choo singled, moved to third on Ian Desmond’s double to the right-field corner and scored on a wild pitch with Nomar Mazara at the plate. Mazara reached and Desmond scored to make it 3-2 when first baseman Matt Adams muffed a slow hopper. Adrian Beltre singled but Prince Fielder flew out to right to end the rally.
In the ninth, Rougned Odor beat out an infield single to first and Jurickson Profar singled to left before Robinson Chirinos was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Trevor Rosenthal was replaced by left-hander Kevin Seigrist so Ryan Rua replaced Moreland. Rua popped out to shallow center for the first out. With the bases still loaded, Choo walked in the tying run in an eight-pitch at-bat before Profar scored the go-ahead run on Desmond’s line out to left.
Notable: The Rangers improved to 17-4-1 in series, the best in the majors ... the Cardinals were 33-0 when leading after the eighth inning before Saturday .... the Rangers were 1-19 when trailing after eight innings before Saturday ... 44,375 was Saturday’s attendance at Busch Stadium.