The hibernating Rangers offense finally awoke from a 20-inning slumber Friday night. Texas scored two in the seventh and four in the eighth to take Game 1 against the Minnesota Twins 6-2 in front of 41,765 at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Starter Wandy Rodriguez held the Twins to one run on three hits through 6 2/3 innings before Keone Kela took over with two on in the seventh. Rodriguez allowed the first three batters to face in the first, which netted a run a sacrifice fly to left. Rodriguez regrouped to retire the next 18 consecutive batters until a lead-off single in the seventh.
In the eighth, Brian Dozier’s solo homer to left off Tanner Scheppers tied it at 2-2. Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth to close it out.
Hitting: Twins starter Tommy Milone held the Rangers to one single in the third by Leonys Martin through the first six innings. Prince Fielder led off the seventh with a single to right befote Elvis Andrus’ one-out, two-run homer to left gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead. It was just the third hit of the night for Texas. It’s Andrus’ third homer in 2015. In the eighth, the Rangers had the bases loaded for Mitch Moreland. Moreland ripped the first pitch he saw over center fielder Aaron Hick’s head. It hit Hicks’ glove and rolled to the wall, to score two and give the Rangers a 4-2 lead. Andrus followed with a two-run single up the middle to make it 6-2.
Notable: Rodriguez’s 122 pitches is the most by a Rangers pitcher since Yu Darvish threw 126 on May 9, 2014 against Boston. The Rangers two-run seventh snapped a 20-game scoreless streak dating to Wednesday’s game in Oakland.
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