Rangers-Orioles Game Postponed by Weather

The game scheduled Sunday between the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles was postponed in Arlington, Texas. With heavy rain falling all morning and a forecast of strong storms ahead, the game was called five hours before first pitch.

The game was going to be the last of a four-game series and both teams have Monday off, but another forecast of bad weather led the league to schedule a makeup game on June 20.

The Rangers broke a streak of 448 consecutive regular season games without a postponement, a 1,054-day span which led the Major Leagues. The club’s last rainout had been on May 29, 2013.

Scheduled starter Derek Holland (1-0) will open a three-game series at home Tuesday night against the Houston Astros. Houston will pitch Scott Feldman (0-1), who played his first eight seasons for Texas, including a standout 2009 when he went 17-8 and led the team in victories.

The Rangers sit atop the AL West at 7-6, one game above the Oakland A’s.

Rangers Beat Orioles with Late-Inning Rally

In a reversal of the previous game between the teams, the Texas Rangers were powered by a big inning late for a comeback win over the Baltimore Orioles Saturday. The Rangers scored six runs in the seventh inning and were victorious 8-4.

Outfielders Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara both contributed three hits for Texas. Mazara, called up from the Rangers’ Triple A affiliate a week ago, has done that twice in seven games so far. The 20-year-old is batting .444 (12-for-27) with a home run, two walks, five RBI, and five runs.

In the seventh, Brett Nicholas scored and DeShields moved to third on a Mazara infield single. A Prince Fielder grounder scored DeShields. First baseman Mitch Moreland hit a deep double to right, scoring third baseman Adrián Béltre. Odor singled to score Moreland and Béltre. Odor reached third on a fielding error by Mark Trumbo, then shortstop Elvis Andrus singled him in to complete the five-run inning and put Texas ahead by four.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis struggled, giving up four earned runs on 10 hits in six innings. Reliever Keone Kela (1-0) got the win, throwing a scoreless seventh with no hits, two strikeouts and a walk. Baltimore reliever T.J. McFarland (0-1) got the loss.

Former Ranger Yovani Gallardo started for Baltimore. He had a 4-2 lead in the seventh before the first two batters reached base and he was taken out by manager Buck Showalter.

The Rangers improve to 7-6. The four-game series ends Sunday. Derek Holland (1-0) takes the mound for Texas against Mike Wright (1-0) for Baltimore.

Orioles Blast Rangers, Scoring 9 in 8th

A 5-1 Texas Rangers lead in the seventh inning was obliterated by the Baltimore Orioles, who scored nine runs on four homers and won 11-5 Friday night. Designated hitter Mark Trumbo hit two of those home runs, becoming the first Oriole to ever achieve that feat. It’s the first two-homer inning by a hitter in Major League Baseball since 2013.

Trumbo knocked Rangers starter Martin Perez out of the game with a two-run, no-out, 432-foot homer. Second baseman Johnathan Schoop and right fielder Nolan Reimold got back-to-back homers off reliever Tom Wilhelmsen. Trumbo came back as the 11th batter of the inning with two outs and hit another 432-foot homer, scoring two more.

The Rangers scored five in the second inning. After first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a home run, two walks and a single loaded the bases. Catcher Bryan Holaday was hit by a pitch to bring in a run, center fielder Delino DeShields singled to score two and right fielder Nomar Mazar hit a sacrifice fly.

Wilhelmsen (1-1) took the loss. The Rangers drop back to .500 at 6-6.

Next, Texas starts Colby Lewis (1-0) against former Ranger Yovani Gallardo (1-0). Gallardo attended Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth and lives in the city. After he was acquired by Texas in a 2015 trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for pitcher Corey Knebel, infielder Luis Sardiñas and minor league pitcher Marcos Diplan, Gallardo turned down a $15.8 million offer during the off-season from Texas and inked a $22 million deal with Baltimore.

Rangers Beat Red-Hot Orioles 6-3

Making great plays on offense and defense, Texas Rangers second baseman Roughned Odor led a 6-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Thursday in the first of a seven-game homestand.

The Rangers trailed 3-2 in the sixth after starting pitcher Cole Hamels departed in the top half of the inning. Five straight hitters reached base against Orioles starter Chris Tillman, giving Texas a 5-3 lead.

Odor broke the tie with a two-run double — an opposite-field hit into the corner at left. Two innings later, he gloved a Matt Wieters line drive on one bounce and started a double play to close the inning and keep Texas ahead.

The five-run sixth also included RBI hits by first baseman Mitch Moreland, left fielder Ian Desmond and rookie right fielder Nomar Mazar, still on a career-opening hot streak.

The series continues Friday with Martin Perez (0-1) taking the mound for Texas against Vance Worley (0-0) of Baltimore.

Mariners Beat Rangers on Walk-Off Homer

Dae-Ho Lee sent a fastball by Jake Diekman into the seats for a two-out, two-run, pinch-hit, 10th inning homer that gave the Seattle Mariners a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers Wednesday. It was the Mariners’ first home victory of the season.

Lee, who played 11 seasons in South Korea and four in Japan, signed a minor league deal with Seattle in February with up to $4 million in incentives.

The Rangers tied the game at 2 in the eighth inning when center fielder Delino DeShields hit a solo home run. DeShields also scored the team’s first run in the third with some small ball: He legged out an infield hit on a grounder to third, reached second on a botched double play and scored on a single by third baseman Adrian Beltre.

A.J. Griffin started for Texas, allowing one earned run on three hits in five innings but not getting a decision. It’s his second start after being out two seasons from Tommy John surgery.

Texas (5-5) returns home for a seven-game homestand that begins Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Rangers ace Cole Hamels (2-0) gets the start.

5 RBIs for Beltré as Rangers Shut Out Mariners

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltré had a home run and five RBIs in an 8-0 shellacking of the Seattle Mariners on the road Tuesday night. Starting pitcher Derek Holland got his first win of the season after throwing six and two-thirds innings of shutout ball.

Holland credited great defensive play for the victory. Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara, playing in the third game of his MLB career, made two outstanding catches. The first was a dive on a shot by Mariners catcher Chris Iannetta that likely saved a run. The second was a shot by former Ranger Leonys Martin he snagged at the wall to rob Martin of extra bases.

Texas manager Jeff Bannister praised the rookie: “We saw solid-average defense in spring training, but we’ve seen better-than-average defense thus far in the outfield. What we’ve seen is his ability to read the ball off the bat well, terrific angles thus far when he’s on the run.”

The Rangers have gotten terrific starting pitching for five games in a row, compiling a 2.05 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 44 innings.

Texas goes for the series sweep against Seattle in the final game of the series Wednesday at 2:05 CDT. A.J. Griffin (1-0) starts for the Rangers against Taijuan Walker (0-0) for Seattle.

Colby Lewis Gets Win as Rangers Defeat Mariners 7-3

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis notched his first win of the young season on Monday night in a 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners that was the opener of a three-game series. Lewis allowed only four hits and one run over six innings and had a stretch of 13 consecutive outs.

The Rangers improve to 4-4 and are tied with the Oakland A’s for first in the American League West.

The Mariners took the lead off Lewis in the first inning when former Ranger Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double. One inning later, new Ranger Ian Desmond walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a bloop single to right by shortstop Elvis Andrus. That tied the score.

A sacrifice fly by designated hitter Prince Fielder gave Texas a lead in the third inning it would not relinquish.

In the fourth, first baseman Mitch Moreland and left fielder Ryan Rua hit singles, then second baseman Rougned Odor knocked in one run with a double to make it 4-1.

Brett Nicholas, a rookie catcher called up on Sunday from the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, doubled in the seventh for his first Major League hit. Fielder brought him home with a single over the head of Seattle shortstop Ketel Marte.

Seattle loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but Texas reliever Sam Dyson got outfielder Norichika Aoki to ground out and retire the side. The game was 7-3 an inning later after Cruz hit a two-run homer off Rangers reliever Keone Kela.

A top prospect of Texas, Nomar Mazara, continued a promising start since his Sunday callup: He hit 2-for-4 with an RBI and is batting .625. A scout gave this assessment of the 20-year-old to the Dallas Morning News: “Mazara’s approach and instincts are so advanced for his age. He uses the field and is a threat in any count. Basically, he owns the plate.”

The Rangers play the Mariners again at 9:10 p.m. CDT Tuesday. Derek Holland (0-0) starts for Texas against Wade Miley (0-0) of Seattle. Holland pitched five innings and gave up three earned runs on April 7 in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

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