Like last night, the Rangers came out and scored twice in the first frame, this time on a Nomar Mazara home run off Kyle Gibson that also scored Elvis Andrus who had previously singled.
Unlike last night, Cole Hamels was pitching for the Texas Rangers instead of Martin Perez. Though the Twins did eventual score an unearned run off Hamels in the fifth inning, Hamels was ruthless and efficient all night as he tossed a complete game four-hitter.
Despite scoring just once more between the Big Chill’s first inning dong and an insurance run in the ninth, every Ranger in the lineup had at least one hit except for Shin-Soo Choo, with Robinson Chirinos driving in the other two runs.
With Hamels on the mound tonight, the Rangers didn’t even need a third run.
Player of the Game: Hamels finished the night with a complete game on just 96 pitches and a line of: 9 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks, and a win. Were it not for that pesky unearned run, we’d have seen a Maddux.
Also props to Drew Robinson who went 1-for-2 with a walk and played a decent centerfield while throwing out a runner attempting to take an extra base on his arm.
Up Next: The Rangers close out this series in Minnesota with an early game against RHP Jose Berrios and the Twins. Nick Martinez will start for Texas with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 pm CT.