The Texas Rangers finished a grueling stretch of 20 games in 20 days Wednesday night with a 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Globe Life Park. The Rangers went 16-4 in the stretch, including 8-2 on the road. After a day off Thursday, they host a three-game series with the Red Sox beginning at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
Pitching: Cole Hamels held the Reds scoreless on three hits through five innings. In the sixth, Jay Bruce doubled to the right-field corner and scored on Adam Duvall’s single to center to pull the Reds to within 4-1. Hamels allowed a run on five hits and two walks and struck out eight in six innings to improve to 8-1 with the win.
Matt Bush pitched a scoreless seventh. In the eighth, Jake Diekman was tagged for a three-run homer by Eugenio Suarez after a double and walk with one out to pull the Reds to within 5-4. Sam Dyson earned his 15th save with a scoreless ninth.
Hitting: The Rangers scored four times in the fourth. Shin-Soo Choo, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara started the inning with a walk, hit by pitch and walk before Adrian Beltre singled in Choo. Prince Fielder followed with a two-run single to right to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. Beltre scored on Mitch Moreland’s groundout to first. Ivan De Jesus Jr. stepped on first to retire Moreland but his throw to second sailed high, which put the Rangers up 4-0. Texas was held to three hits through the first six innings. Ian Desmond, who had entered in the top of the seventh as a defensive replacement for Ryan Rua in center field, homered in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-1. Choo’s opposite-field solo homer to left field in the eighth gave the Rangers a 6-4 cushion.
Notable: Beltre’s fourth-inning RBI was the 1,510 of his career. He’s now all alone at No. 53 all-time, ahead of Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle ... Ian Desmond replaced Ryan Rua in center field in the seventh ... 32,407 was Wednesday’s announced paid attendance.