The Rangers offense put to rest any worries about recent struggles with a 15-hit barrage and 11-7 win Saturday against the Twins at Globe Life Park. Texas goes for the series sweep at 2 p.m. Sunday. Rangers’ right-hander Nick Martinez (5-2) faces Twins’ right-hander Phil Hughes (4-6).
Pitching: Starter Colby Lewis allowed three runs in the third, due in large part to a misplayed fly ball in the hole in left-center but settled down and retired the next 15 batters he faced through the seventh inning when an hour and 19 minute rain delay forced him from the game.
He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. He improved to 6-3 with the win.
Anthony Bass pitched a scoreless eighth and allowed four runs on three doubles and two singles in the ninth before Jon Edwards replaced him for the final out.
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Hitting: Joey Gallo led off the second with a walk and scored on Leony’s Martin’s sharply-hit single down the right-field line to give Texas a 1-0 lead. In the third, Delino DeShields reached on a check-swing double down the right-field line and scored on Shin-Soo Choo’s single to right. Prince Fielder followed with a single up the middle and Mitch Moreland’s double to deep left to score Choo and tie it at 3-3. The Rangres scored five in the fourth, including a three-run homer by Moreland to make it 8-3. Joey Gallo followed with a solo homer into the upper right-field porch to make it 9-3. Twins starter Mike Pelfrey was charged with eight runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Choo’s double off the wall in left-center scored two more in the fifth to make it 11-3. Moreland was 2 for 4 with four RBI. Choo was 3 for 4 with three RBI. Four other Rangers had two hits each.
Notable: Defensive miscues in the third helped the Twins scored three times in the inning. Left fielder DeShields pulled up on a ball in the left-center gap when it appeared that he thought center fielder Leonys Martin got too close and distracted him ... Gallo walked three times Saturday, including an intentional walk. He had three walks total before Saturday. The Rangers have nine consecutive quality starts for the first time since 1992. The last time Texas had 10 consecutive quality starts from its staff was 1978. Gallo’s homer in the fifth was measured at 471 feet, the fourth-longest hit at Globe Life Park and longest since 2011.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760