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30-32 - ABD is A Big Deal as Rangers sweep Nationals via 5-1 victory

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Rangers rookie sensation Austin Bibens-Dirkx retires 19 straight as Rangers sweep Nationals

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The Nationals are fourth in baseball in runs scored with 333. By comparison, the Rangers have scored 296 this season. Washington's 333 is second best in the National League just behind the Colorado Rockies and their Coors Field advantage.

So, sure, against Max Scherzer and the first place Nationals, of course the Rangers and Austin Bibens-Dirkx in his second career start would go on the road and finish off a sweep. Of course.

The Rangers still had to score runs off the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner and they did so via a solo home run off the bat of Shin-Soo Choo in the third to tie the game. The game remained tied 1-1 until the top of the eighth when Texas busted out for four runs.

The big blow came off the bat of Elvis Andrus who tripled with two on to drive in a couple and run his hitting streak to 15 straight games. Scherzer was the hard luck loser as he officially allowed two earned runs and a third unearned run despite giving up just three hits and striking out ten in his 7 1/3 innings of work.

I would Nelson Muntz laugh at Scherzer but that's the kind of line Yu Darvish has in many of his losses and I'm filled with guilty empathy. What I will laugh about is the fact that the Rangers are now 10-2 against the National League this season. LOL National League baseball.

Player of the Game: Austin Bibens-Dirkx was doing work(x). The Nationals pounced on the 32-year-old rookie via a leadoff home run by Brian Goodwin and Bryce Harper followed with a single. However, Harper was retired via a double play and then Bibens-Dirkx sent 19 straight Nationals down in order into the seventh.

For the day, Bibens-Dirkx finished with a line of 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks and picked up his second career win and first as a starting pitcher. I won't even deduct awesomeness points for it being a National League game.

Up Next: The Rangers travel to Houston to try to get their Silver Boot hopes back on track with Yu Darvish on the mound against RHP Joe Musgrove. First pitch from Minute Maid is scheduled for 7:10 pm CT.