Texas Rangers

Rangers’ final long road trip opens with battle of aces

The final three-city, 10-game road trip of the 2016 season for the Texas Rangers begins Monday with an afternoon Labor Day affair at Safeco Field, and it features a pair of aces coming off dismal performances.

The last time Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels faced the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, he walked in two runs and allowed six runs in only 4  1/3 innings. The Rangers bailed him out with two late-inning rallies, including a two-run walk-off homer by Rougned Odor.

Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez lasted only four innings Wednesday as the Rangers tagged him for six runs. Four of them came on a Carlos Gomez grand slam in the fourth.

The Rangers swept three games from the Mariners, effectively ending Seattle’s hopes in the American League West, and have an 11-4 head-to-head edge this season. That includes a 4-2 record at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field. 

After four games against the Mariners, the Rangers travel to Anaheim face the Angels for three games and then are on to Houston for three more games.

Monday: LHP Cole Hamels (14-4, 2.91) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (9-5, 3.48), 3:10 p.m. (TV: FSSW)

Tuesday: LHP Martin Perez (9-10, 4.30) vs. LHP James Paxton (4-5, 3.83), 9:10 p.m. (TV: FSSW)

Wednesday: RHP A.J. Griffin (7-3, 4.41) vs. LHP Ariel Miranda (2-1, 5.76), 9:10 p.m. (TV: FSSW/ESPN)

Thursday: LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 4.57) vs. RHP Taijuan Walker (4-10, 4.60), 9:10 p.m. (TV:FSSW)