Cole Hamels credits Rangers teammates for his All-Star chances
Cole Hamels allowed only six singles in seven scoreless innings, and Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs as the Texas Rangers cruised to a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees.
Ian Desmond went 3 for 5 with two runs scored, the first coming ahead of Beltre’s homer in the first off CC Sabathia. The Rangers scored five times in the eighth to break open a 2-0 pitchers duel.
Hitting: The Rangers continued to pour it on the first inning of games, scoring two off CC Sabathia on Adrian Beltre’s 11th homer of the season. ... The opposite-field shot followed Ian Desmond’s one out single and was followed by a single by Prince Fielder. Desmond and Fielder each owns a 10-game hitting streak. ... The Rangers have outscored their opponents 50-29 in the first inning this season. ... But Sabathia got stingy over the next six innings, and the Rangers managed only an infield dribbler by Desmond in the third, an excuse-me single to right by Beltre in the sixth and a two-out walk to Jurickson Profar in the seventh. ... But Sabathia hit Shin-Soo Choo to open the eighth and couldn’t handle Desmond’s chopper back to the mound, giving Desmond his third hit. Beltre hit a hard grounder to third, and it took a bad hop past Chase Headley for an RBI single. Fielder knocked out Sabathia with an RBI double for a 4-0 lead. ... Pinch hitter Nomar Mazara delivered an RBI single past a drawn-in infield, and Rougned Odor lined a single to center to make it 6-0. Jurickson Profar got in on the act with an infield single that scored Mazara for a 7-0 lead.
Pitching: Cole Hamels strengthened his bid for a spot on the American League All-Star team, though he didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning until the sixth. ... He allowed six hits in the first five innings, all singles and three on the infield. ... The Yankees put runners at first and second with one out in the fourth, but Beltre snagged Aaron Hicks’ line drive and threw to second to double off Didi Gregorius to end the inning. ... Hamels finished by retiring the final seven batters he faced, exiting with a 7-0 lead after only 86 pitches. ... Jake Diekman entered, looking to shake out of his funk, couldn’t pitch around a leadoff double as the Yankees scored their first run. ... Shawn Tolleson mopped up in a scoreless ninth.