The Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak despite another poor outing from their starter. Texas scored twice in the sixth to top the Twins 6-5 Friday at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Cole Hamels struggled for the second consecutive start and left after a 4 1/3 trailing 5-4 in the fifth. The Twins scored five runs on five hits and six walks, which ties Hamels’ career high.
Tony Barnette held the Twins to one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief and earned the win. Matt Bush pitched a scoreless eighth before Sam Dyson earned his 18th save with a scoreless ninth.
Hitting: Texas scored twice in the first after Shin-Soo Choo walked and scored on Rougned Odor’s triple to left-center field. Odor scored on Prince Fielder’s two-out single to right. In the third, the Rangers had the bases loaded with one out but a strikeout and groundout by Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara ruined the rally. In the fourth, run-scoring singles from Choo and Ian Desmond gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead. The Rangers scored two more in the sixth to to reclaim a 6-5 lead. Mazara doubled to the left-field corner and Elvis Andrus followed with a triple to the right-field corner. Andrus scored on Bobby Wilson’s sacrifice fly.
Notable: Rangers’ starters have failed to go at least five innings for seven consecutive games, the longest stretch in the majors since the Rockies in 2012 ... Hamels failed to go at least five in consecutive starts since last July in the two starts before he threw a no-hitter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. That’s where the Rangers open after the All-Star break ... 40,330 was the paid attendance.