Well, that didn’t end well. The Rangers limped into the All-Star break with losing seven of their last nine games, including an embarrassing 15-5 loss to the Twins Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: A.J. Griffin was pitching the best game for a Rangers’ start in more than a week through four innings before the Twins opened up a hit barrage in the fifth. They scored five times in the innings, including a Max Kepler grand slam with two outs, to take a 6-0 lead. They added seven more runs in the seventh against Shawn Tolleson and Cesar Ramos. Kurt Suzukie had a two-run double, Eduardo Escobar had a two-run homer and a Brian Dozier had a solo homer. Alex Claudio was charged with two unearned runs on a hit, walk and two errors in two innings.
Hitting: Texas scored twice in the fifth to pull to within 6-2. Rougned Odor singled and scored on Elvis Andrus’ double to right and Andrus scored on Bobby Wilson’s single to left. The Rangers added a run in the seventh on Beltre’s RBI single to center. Texas scored two in the ninth, including a Jurickson Profar homer to make it 15-5.
Notable: Twins homered in consecutive at-bats in the seventh for the ninth time this season ... Shin-Soo Choo was 1 for 2 with three walks to give him 601 in his career, tied for 488th all-time ... 31,978 was the announced paid attendance.