Rolling Rangers rally once again for win over Brewers
AUG 14, 2013 11:02p ET
That's changed this month though.
The Rangers rallied again Wednesday night for a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee to notch their ninth victory in the last 10 games.
Four of the wins, including Wednesday's, have come when the Rangers have trailed after six innings.
That had been the cue to head to the exits, as the Rangers had just four wins when trailing after six innings before last Tuesday's game against Los Angeles. Since then they've doubled that number going from 4-39 in those situations to 8-40.
The Rangers were fortunate Wednesday because the Brewers breathed life into the Texas rally in the seventh inning as relievers Michael Gonzalez and John Axford combined to walk the first three hitters with Milwaukee leading 4-2.
After Burke Badenhop struck out Leonys Martin, Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single to make it one-run game and Ian Kinsler put the Rangers up 5-4 with a two-run single.
Kinsler had been 1 one for his last 20 with runners in scoring position before his liner to left.
"We're a smart team," Kinsler said. "We're able to make adjustments throughout the game and put ourselves in good situations late in games. It would be nice if we were able to do that a little earlier but sometimes it doesn't work that way. The key is hitting in situations that allows you to drive in runs. The more situations you get, the more runs you're probably going to end up scoring."
The late-blooming offense helped take right-hander Matt Garza off the hook after he allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings, with Juan Francisco accounting for all four on a pair of homers.
Garza has allowed four runs in each of his last three starts but he didn't seem to mind after the rally.
"It is what it is," said Garza, whose start was his shortest in five outings since joining the Rangers. "Some days are tougher than others but I'm just really happy we pulled it out. It doesn't matter because we got the W. It was a huge win. To come back the way we have like the way we did, it's huge. It's a confidence builder for the starter and the bullpen."
Texas led 2-1 after three innings but Francisco's second homer put the Rangers in a hole against Tyler Thornburg.
The rookie pitched six innings, allowing just one earned run but the bullpen melted down as Gonzalez walked Craig Gentry and Jurickson Profar before Axford walked Jeff Baker on three pitches.
The Rangers had just seven hits, with six of those being singles, but six walks added up to 12 chances with runners in scoring position. The Rangers had two of their four hits with RISP in the seventh.
"We didn't go up there trying to do too much," said Texas manager Ron Washington, who used both Gentry and Baker as pinch hitters in the seventh. "I had a choice to either bring in ( Adam) Rosales to drop a bunt - because I've never seen Baker bunt before - I was going to let Baker go ahead and swing and hope he catches it. He showed some patience, didn't chase anything out of the zone. Gentry did the same thing. So did Profar. It set us up to get the runs that we needed to win the ballgame."
It helped too that the bullpen was once again solid in relief of Garza, as Neal Cotts, Jason Frasor, Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan combined for 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts.
They did their part to give the Rangers a chance. And lately that's all they've needed.
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