Texas Rangers

Rangers finish perfect homestand with sweep, nine-game win streak

The Texas Rangers’ 2017 turnaround tour continued Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

The Rangers won their ninth consecutive game, the longest win streak in the majors this season and the club’s longest streak since winning 12 in a row July 4-19, 2011.

They finished their eight-game homestand undefeated, only the second such stretch in club history. They also went 8-0 against the Astros, Royals and White Sox in May 20-29, 2005.

That ’05 stretch included two teams that eventually met in the 2005 World Series (Astros and White Sox), although the Astros were 15-28 at the time.

The fact that the Rangers have been beating up on three of the worst teams in majors (Padres, Athletics and Phillies) shouldn’t discount their turnaround.

Before the streak started, the Rangers were seven games under .500. Now they’re two games over .500 and starting a nine-game road trip to Detroit, Boston and Toronto.

If ever there were must-win games in May, the Rangers were staring at them, specifically because of the competition. Continue to stumble against the dregs of the majors and their season was toast.

“Of course,” said Nomar Mazara, who extended his hit streak to a career-high eight games after going 2 for 4 with a double, walk and two RBIs. Mazara has reached safely in 17 of his last 34 plate appearances and leads the Rangers with 29 RBIs, including eight the past eight games. “We didn’t start the year the way we wanted, and to have a streak like this is important. We’re having fun right now, we continue to do things the right way. We’re working hard and it’s so much fun to go out there and play baseball.”

The Rangers’ rotation collected its league-leading 27th quality start as Martin Perez held the Phillies to two runs on five hits and no walks in seven innings. He matched a career-high with eight strikeouts. He hasn’t struck out that many since April 18, 2014, a month before he had Tommy John surgery.

“We have a good team and we can win any game that we’re in,” said Perez (2-5), who earned his first win since April 9. “You have to play how we’ve been playing and put everything together to have a good season. If we continue to play how we’re playing, we’re going to win a lot of games.”

The Rangers scored five runs in the fifth to comeback from a 2-0 deficit. Ryan Rua’s three-run homer was the big blow.

“The whole homestand all around was lights out,” said Rua, who was 2 for 2 with two walks and three RBIs. “Starting pitching, offensive approach, and the bullpen work, too. We’ll go on the road for a while and keep it going. We don’t change. We stay aggressive; on the mound, at the plate, on the basepaths, defensively... try not to do too much and not put pressure on ourselves. We can only control what we can do, we can’t control other teams. We’re playing pretty good right now.”

Elvis Andrus, who was 1 for 4 with an RBI double in the fifth, said the momentum has continued to build with each win.

“We just feel good. We win a couple of games and I think that momentum carried over and kept carrying over and you keep winning and winning and you don’t want to lose,” he said. “It’s always great when you keep finding a way. Our rotation has done an amazing job of keeping us in games, putting up zero after zero. That makes everything easier for us, and as an offense we continue to get better every single day.”

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

Philadelphia

010

010

002

4

8

0

Texas

000

053

00x

8

9

0

Philadelphia AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Hernandez 2b

4

0

0

0

0

1

.299

Herrera cf

4

0

0

0

0

3

.242

Altherr lf-rf

4

1

2

0

0

0

.326

Joseph 1b

4

1

1

2

0

2

.263

Blanco 3b

4

0

1

0

0

1

.226

Saunders rf

2

1

1

0

0

0

.250

Kelly lf

2

0

1

0

0

1

.333

Franco dh

3

1

1

2

0

0

.216

Knapp c

4

0

1

0

0

1

.275

Galvis ss

3

0

0

0

0

1

.241

Totals 34

4

8

4

0

10

 

Texas AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Choo dh

3

2

1

0

2

1

.262

Andrus ss

4

1

1

1

1

1

.284

Mazara rf

4

1

2

2

1

1

.265

Chirinos c

4

1

1

1

0

0

.267

Odor 2b

4

1

1

1

0

0

.201

Rua 1b

2

1

2

3

2

0

.197

Gallo 3b

3

0

0

0

1

3

.187

Hoying cf

4

1

1

0

0

0

.455

DeShields lf

4

0

0

0

0

3

.270

Totals 32

8

9

8

7

9

 

LOB—Philadelphia 4, Texas 7. 2B—Knapp (4), Kelly (3), Andrus (9), Mazara (9). 3B—Saunders (2). HR—Franco (6), off Perez; Joseph (6), off Jeffress; Rua (3), off Rodriguez. RBIs—Joseph 2 (18), Franco 2 (28), Andrus (19), Mazara 2 (29), Chirinos (13), Odor (19), Rua 3 (11). CS—Rua (1). SF—Franco. DP—Philadelphia 1.

Philadelphia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Pivetta

4 2/3

3

1

1

4

5

5.12

Rodriguez, L 1-2

 2/3

6

7

7

2

1

6.97

Neshek

 2/3

0

0

0

0

0

1.26

Benoit

1

0

0

0

1

2

4.76

Leiter Jr.

1

0

0

0

0

1

4.35

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Perez, W 2-5

7

5

2

2

0

8

3.71

Claudio

1

0

0

0

0

2

2.33

Jeffress

 1/3

3

2

2

0

0

5.29

Bush

 2/3

0

0

0

0

0

1.17

Inherited runners-scored—Rodriguez 1-1, Neshek 1-0, Bush 1-0. WP—Perez. T—3:12. A—35,007 (48,114).

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