Rangers knock off Astros

The Texas showdown series between the Houston Astros (29-33 3rd AL West) and the Texas Rangers (37-23 1st AL West)  came to a close last night with the Rangers taking the series three games to one and nine of their last 10 meetings.

SS Carlos Correa left the game in the fifth inning with a sprained ankle but is not expected to be put on the DL.

“Luckily, so far, the evaluation’s been as positive as we could expect,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “At this point we’re optimistic.”

Martin Perez (5-4, .322 ERA) took the mound for the Rangers and pitched six solid innings giving up two runs in the third.  LHP Jake Diekman closed the game and picked up his first career save of the season.

The Rangers hit the road for a series’ against the Mariners, Athletics and the Cardinals before returning home on the 20th for a makeup game with the Orioles followed by a 4 game series against the Boston Red Sox.  Plenty of great seats are still available so secure yours today!

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Tigers, Verlander push Rangers to third straight loss

Justin Verlander won just his second back to back of the season and it came at the hands of the Texas Rangers (84-72, 1st AL West) who are battling to keep the top spot in the AL West, the Houston Astros nipping at their heels and only 1.5 games behind.

The Tigers pounded out a five run fifth inning fueled by Tyler Collins three run homer, capping a 7-4 win on the road.  Verlander had a great game allowing six hits, two walks with five strikes, dropping his ERA to a season low 3.39.

The Rangers attempted a late ninth inning rally, loading the bases against Ian Krol.  Neftali Feliz then gave up a two-run single to Prince Felder bringing Adrian Beltre to the plate but the play ended with a game-closing double play.

Tickets for game two against the Tigers.  Game starts at 7 at Globe Life Park and there are still plenty of affordable tickets and great seats so get out an help support your Texas Rangers as they push to the playoffs.

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Rangers take series from Giants

The bats of Josh Hamilton came to life Sunday evening complimenting a most dominant performance from Martin Perez.  Perez limited an explosive Giants team to just one hit in eight innings.  In the sixth, Hamilton blasted a homer to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead and the game.

“That was fun to do today,” Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez said. “It made my life easy. Every time I called a pitch, it was just right there.”

The Rangers have little time to celebrate as they meet the Astros tonight for the first of a three game stand.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available, so be sure to get yours today!

Houston takes two of three against Texas

Astros blank Rangers in final game

The Texas Rangers were dismantled yesterday by Houston All Star Starter Dallas Keuchel who spun a fantastic 13 strikes over seven innings (2 hits) and now leading the American League with wins.

“That was one of those special performances,” Keuchel said. “I was just trying to ride it and the offense did a heck of a job, so it made my life a lot easier.”

”He utilized the strike zone and we didn’t make adjustments,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. ”It looked like our approach got a little too big at times … when you get behind a pitcher like that it’s tough to get anything going against him.”

For the Rangers, regrouping seems to be their only alternative as they have won only two of their last six games.  They open a series on the road against the Colorado Rockies tonight.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!

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Rangers drop second game to Padres

The Texas Rangers have been trying to find their game these last few weeks.  After losing back to back series’ against the Angels and Diamondbacks, the Rangers bounced back on Friday with a 3-4 win in San Diego.  The Padres responded with back to back victories on Saturday and Sunday.  The loss sinks them to third place in the AL West.

“I know everybody is a little bit disappointed,” SP Yovani Gallardo said. “You want to be in first place, that’s the attitude in Spring Training. The first half is over. We’ll take the next few days off and be ready to go Friday.”

The Rangers will face off against their in-state rival Houston Astros for a three game stand beginning Friday in Houston.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!

Rangers get one of three games against Astros

The Texas Rangers seem to have began where they left off last season and are having trouble scoring in this the earliest part of the season.  Against the in-state rivals Houston Astros, the Rangers lost game one (5-1), won game two (2-6) and were on the verge of winning game three when Leonys Martin swatted a potential walk off grand slam when George Springer sprang into action and snatching the ball away.  A feat even Martin didn’t know he would make.

‘I’ve seen it, so I know it was gone,” Springer said afterward. ”It was over my head for sure. It was a home run, but at the time I didn’t know how far over.”

For Martin, the hit of a lifetime left him scratching his head.

“For me, that’s going to be the best catch that anybody makes in my life,” Martin told reporters after the game. “Especially a grand slam, walk-off. I can’t believe that he made that play. I can’t believe it.”

The Rangers begin a three game series against the LA Angels today.  Be sure to get out and support your Rangers this season!  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available!

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Rangers even up on Red Sox

The Texas Rangers follow up a victory in the 2nd of a three game stand against the defending champion Boston Red Sox today at 3 pm.  Last night, the Rangers pounded out a 10-7 win over the Sox who took game one 1-5 on Monday.

Pitcher Martin Perez collected his first victory after going 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, three walks and three strikeouts.  The most impressive thing was that he was able to ground five double plays, the second most behind Matt Harrison.

“A pitcher’s best friend and he was able to use it tonight,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said of the double plays. “You don’t want it to happen all the time like that, but he was able to take advantage of it tonight. He really threw the ball well.”

The Rangers come back home to face the Houston Astros in a three game home stand.  Great seats and tickets are still available so get yours now!

Rangers begin 2013 with uncertainty in the bullpen

Ron Washington and his Texas Rangers opened the 2013 season with an 8-2  loss against new rivals the Houston Astros.  The Rangers brought in Derek Lowe to relieve lefty Matt Harrisson but the move backfired as Lowe gave a up a 3-run pinch  home run to Rick Ankiel.

“You have to tip your hat. (The Astros) played good baseball over there,” Washington said after the game.  “That’s all you can say. They pitched. They hit. They did everything. We were fired up, too, but you have to give (Houston RHP) Norris credit. He did a good job.”

The Rangers close out the series against the Astros on Wednesday then face their former AL MVP Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels.

Rangers at home this week; face Cards/Astros

Ogando retires nine, leaves with injury

AL West leading Texas Rangers are having to deal with even more injuries after Alexi Ogando, who was filling in for the injured Derek Holland (who was placed on the DL Thursday) pulled a groin running out a bunt play in the 4th inning.  Ogando, who faced nine batters and retired them all, was replaced by three releivers.

“Right now it feels pretty bad,” Ogando, who is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, told reporters. “I feel bad because of the situation we’re in, but that’s something that happens in baseball.”

The Rangers will take their game on the road to face the Arizona Diamondbacks during the week and the Houston Astros over the weekend with RHP Colby Lewis, LHP Matt Harrison and Yu Darvish scheduled to take the mound.