Rangers trump Tigers – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Nathaniel Lowe, Ezequiel Duran and Mark Mathias homered in the first three innings, and the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Friday night.
Adolis Garcia extended his hitting streak to 22 games for Texas, tying Toronto slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the AHL’s longest game this season. Garcia hit a dribbler on the third base line in the third inning.
Lowe hit a 447-foot solo shot to center field in the first that cleared the batter’s eye for his career-high 21st homer of the season. Duran homered a three-run left in the second. Mathias added a two-run drive into the opposite field in the Texas bullpen at right-center in the third in his first career three-hit game.
Rangers have won six of their last eight games and are 7-4 under interim coach Tony Beasley, who replaced Chris Woodward on August 15.
Riley Greene went 3 for 5 for the Tigers with four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the ninth.
Glenn Otto (6-8) allowed four runs in five innings for Texas. He had a 1.99 ERA in his previous four starts.
Tyler Alexander (3-8) allowed all seven Rangers runs on eight hits in three innings. Alexander, who returned to the rotation in late July, is 3-16 as a starter over four seasons.
Jose Leclerc waived Greene’s homer but blocked the potential tying run at first base. He struck out three and earned his second stoppage.
Lowe’s homer was left-to-left. He came into play as the top left-handed hitter in the major leagues against left-handed pitchers this season, batting .336.
Lowe went 2 for 3 with a walk and is hitting .362 since the All-Star break.
Leody Taveras had an RBI single for Texas in the third before Mathias’ homer made it 7-2.
Tigers: SS Javier Baez returned to the lineup after missing Detroit’s previous game on Wednesday with back spasms. Baez went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts. . RHP Michael Pineda (tricep press) will pitch Sunday at Triple-A Toledo and likely return to rotation next Thursday or Friday.
Rangers: LHP Cole Ragans (sprained left calf) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday. . RHP Jon Gray (left oblique strain) is expected to return this season but with modified sleeves.
LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-7, 8.53 ERA) will make his Rangers debut on Saturday night after being selected from Triple-A Round Rock. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner was designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox after eight starts and again by Arizona on July 20 after four starts. He will face Tigers LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (2-3, 3.89), who returned last Sunday after personal issues off the field sidelined him since mid-May and pitched five shutout innings to beat the Angels. from Los Angeles.