Six-run outburst lifts Rangers to seventh straight win
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Beltre has helped the Texas Rangers win a lot of games over the years. On Saturday, he found a surprising way to spark his team to its seventh straight victory. Beltre and Robinson Chirinos homered to help Yovani Gallardo win for the first time since last July as the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-6 on Saturday. The home run wasn’t anything unusual — he’s got 466 of those his 21-year major league career. But he led off the second inning by beating out a ground ball to shortstop, no easy feat for a 39-year-old who has spent almost a month on the disabled nón bảo hiểm 1/2 đầu list this year with a strained left hamstring.
Minnesota Twins center fielder Ryan LaMarre can only watch by the Texas Rangers’ bullpen fence as Rangers’ Adrian Beltre hits a solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Magill in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) The infield single led to a six-run rally to help the Rangers overcome an early 2-0 deficit. «Speed kills — don’t you know that?» a grinning Beltre said. «Over the last week or so, we’ve been able to find out how to get guys on, and now we’re getting more consistent in bringing those guys in.
» Eddie Rosario homered and drove in four runs for the Twins, while Logan Morrison also homered and Mitch Garver had three hits. Minnesota lost its third straight when it couldn’t overcome a short start from veteran Jake Odorizzi (3-5). The Twins did rally for three runs in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate with two outs. But Rangers closer Keone Kela struck out Morrison with the bases loaded to end the game, earning his 18th save in 18 chances.
Gallardo (1-0) was making his second start for Texas after opening the year with Cincinnati. He promptly fell behind 2-0 just five pitches into the game before turning it around and pitching into the sixth inning. Joe Mauer led off the bottom of the first with a sharp single to left. Then Rosario hit the first pitch he saw into the right-field seats for his 17th home run of the season. But Gallardo settled down, at one point retiring 12 of 13.
Morrison’s two-run homer with one out in the sixth inning ended Gallardo’s day, but he earned his first victory since July 29, 2017, when he was pitching for Seattle. Odorizzi retired the side in order in the first inning, but the Rangers knocked him out in a six-run second. The big blows were two-run singles by Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara. Beltre’s second hit of the inning finally spelled the end for Odorizzi, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. It was the nón bảo hiểm sale tại Malanaz shopping shortest start of his career, other than a one-inning start in 2017 that he was forced to leave due to an injury.
«It just started to unravel,» Twins manager Paul Molitor said. «A couple guys got on, then he slipped on the mound, then he hit a guy, and even later in the inning after he’d given up some, we still had chances.
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