The Rangers went 22 innings without scoring a run and then scored a run in the first inning of tonight’s contest. After trailing 2-1 following the first inning, the Rangers next scored four runs in the top of the fourth despite coming into the game having scored four runs total in their last 40 innings. Ain’t that just the way.
Up 5-2, the Rangers eventually plated another run in the top of the sixth and a Charlie Culberson two-run dong in the top of the eighth piled on to a big lead that wouldn’t be relinquished. The first six Texas runs came against Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough who was no Tyler Glasnow for Tampa.
Meanwhile, Rangers starter Kyle Gibson tossed seven innings of two-run ball with four hits and two walks allowed to go with three strikeouts. Make that two solid outings in a row for Gibson following his Opening Day debacle.
Gibson is now 2-0 on the year as the Rangers snapped their four-game losing skid.
Player of the Game: Even though Culberson swatted a cathartic dinger, the big hit of the game came off the bat of Nick Solak who doubled in three Rangers in the fateful fourth inning with the two-bagger proving to be the eventual game winner.
Mired in a season-long funk, Solak needed to see one finally drop in and he even collected another base hit to finish the evening 2-for-4 with the double, two runs scored, and three RBI.
Up Next: The Rangers will try to put together a winning streak with RHP Kohei Arihara set to make the start against a starter to be named for the Rays. Wednesday’s first pitch from Tropicana Field is once again scheduled for 6:10 pm CT.