Texas Rangers

Big eighth inning sends Rangers to 7-5 win


Adrian Beltre’s two-run double was the big blow in a four-run eighth inning Tuesday, and Elvis Andrus singled him home as the Texas Rangers rallied late again to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5.

Colorado scored twice in the first and third innings Tuesday against right-hander A.J. Griffin, who allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings. Among the runs was a leadoff homer by Charlie Blackmon and two more on singles by Nolan Arenado.

The Rangers found success again once a Rockies starter exited. Tyler Chatwood allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings before the Rangers rallied against reliever Scott Oberg. Carlos Beltran had an RBI single ahead of Beltre’s double, and Andrus singled to center with two outs to cap the rally.

Rougned Odor added an RBI double in the ninth. 

Hitting: Another Rockies starter held the Rangers’ offense in check. This time it was Tyler Chatwood, who didn’t issue a run until Robinson Chirinos drove in Elvis Andrus with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. ... Nomar Mazara singled with two outs in the seventh to drive in Mitch Moreland and end Chatwood’s day. He struck out a season-high eight batters. ... But the Rangers had four straight one-out hits in the eighth by Ian Desmond, Rougned Odor, Carlos Beltran and Adrian Beltre. Beltran’s single drove in Desmond, and Beltre’s double scored Odor and pinch runner Delino DeShields. ... Andrus singled two batters later to score Beltre to break a 5-5 tie. ... Odor added an RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning.

Pitching: A.J. Griffin allowed a run to the first batter he faced, as Charlie Blackmon went deep, and then battled through 4 2/3 innings on 97 pitches. ... The Rockies got him for five runs on seven hits, two of them RBI singles by Nolan Arenado. ... Alex Claudio relieved Griffin, allowing an inherited runner to score, but was credited with 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. ... Jeremy Jeffress worked a perfect eighth inning. ... Sam Dyson had to face the winning run with two outs in the ninth but got his 25th save.

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