Well, the Rangers continued where they left off last night…not hitting. Thankfully, all that ended in the 4th when Josh Hamilton laced his 40th home run, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
Saturday’s starter, Yu Darvish, did his best to mimic Derek Holland’s performance from the night before, going 8 strong innings, giving up only 1 earned run on 2 hits with 7 strikeouts. And like Holland, the rest of the team really wasn’t supporting his strong start. With a man on 2nd and 2 outs, an Ian Kinsler error would let the Rays tie things up in the bottom of the 8th.
However, unlike Friday night, the Rangers offense woke up in the 10th. A double by Geovany Soto followed by a Jurickson Profar double, would score Leonys Martin (who was pitch running for Soto). A walk, single and ANOTHER Josh Hamilton hit by pitch, the Rangers would lead 4-2.
Really until the 10th inning, there’s not much else to report offensively besides Hambone’s homer. The Rays did (purposely?) hit Hamilton in the top of the 6th, resulting in home plate ump giving warnings to both benches. Of course, Wash came out to argue since that wouldn’t give the Rangers a chance to retaliate, but isn’t winning retaliation enough? I think so.
FINAL: Rangers 4, Rays 2