5th straight win for Rangers, top Rockies 7-4


The Rangers won their 5th straight game on Wednesday, defeating the Rockies by a 7-4 score in Surprise. The 5-game run marks the team’s longest spring winning streak since March 15-21, 2009 (6-0).

Texas erupted for 6 runs on 6 hits in the 6th inning, highlighted by Rougned Odor’s 2-run home run. Odor is batting .368 (7-19) this spring and ranks among the Cactus League leaders with a team-high 9 RBI. Eli White delivered a 2-run pinch-hit single to make it 6-4, as the Rangers batted around and sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame. White added his 2nd home run of the spring in the 8th inning to finish 2-for-2 with 3 RBI as a reserve. Rob Refsnyder lined an RBI single in the 6th and finished 2-for-3. Starter Lance Lynn logged 4.0 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, including a leadoff home run to Raimel Tapia to begin the game.

Lynn did not walk a batter and recorded 4 strikeouts. Ronald Guzmán was 2-for-3 with 2 singles and Isiah Kiner-Falefa continued his hot streak, reaching safely via a walk and single off the bench. Kiner-Falefa is now 4-for-5 in his last 3 games with a .348 (8-23) batting average overall in Cactus League play. The Texas bullpen combined for 5.0 shutout innings, with José Leclerc whiffing 2 batters in the 5th in his first action of the spring. Nick Goody earned the win and now has 4.0 scoreless innings through 4 appearances. Luke Farrell (1.1 IP) also has not allowed a run through 4.2 innings. Demarcus Evans recorded his 2nd save.

The Rangers have their first split-squad date of the spring on Thursday, as the club will play the Diamondbacks in Surprise and the Cubs in Mesa. Both games are set for 2:05 p.m. CT. LHP Mike Minor will make his Cactus League debut against Arizona LHP Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.00) in Surprise, while RHP Jonathan Hernández (0-0, 6.75) will start in Mesa against Chicago RHP Yu Darvish (0-1, 4.50). Jeff Hem and Jared Sandler will anchor a free audio webcast of the game in Surprise that will air on texasrangers.com and the MLB At-Bat app.

From Rangers PR staff report