ARLINGTON, Texas — Shortstop Elvis Andrus came to the aid of the Texas Rangers with a five-RBI night that gave them the victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday evening at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Starting pitcher Nick Martinez went 4.1 innings for the Rangers and allowed five runs on six hits while walking two batters. He managed to throw three strikeouts.
Reliever Dillon Gee of nearby Cleburne, Texas went 2.2 innings and allowed just three hits with not runs while hurling one strikeout.
The Rangers initiated the scoring when Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo shot home run on a fly ball to center field to take a 1-0 lead. Nomar Mazar hit an RBI single to drive home Andrus for a 2-0 lead.
Tampa Bay got on top of Texas in the top of the third inning when Daniel Robertson hit a solo homer to left field to chip into the Rangers’ 2-1 lead. Evan Longoria hit a sacrifice fly that scored Corey Dickerson to tie the game, and then Steven Souza hit a two-run homer in center field that gave the Rays a 4-2 lead.
Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo shot home run in the top of the fifth inning to extend the Rays’ lead 5-2.
The Rangers rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning when Andrus hit a three-run homer to tie the game 5-5.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Texas overcame Tampa Bay with a four-run inning. Jared Hoying hit an RBI single that was a few feet short of a grand slam to give the Rangers a 6-5 lead. Choo then hit a sacrifice fly to score Gallo, and his insurance run gave Texas a 7-5 lead. Andrus then hit a two-RBI double to score Ryan Rua and Hoying and establish a 9-5 advantage.
Texas and Tampa Bay will play a rubber match Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. on KPYN 900 AM/95.5 FM with pregame at 6:30.