Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Texas Rangers 4, San Diego Padres 2
Rangers beat Padres to complete their second straight sweep.
The Texas Rangers completed their second straight sweep of a National League team Wednesday in San Diego, defeating the Padres 4-2 for their sixth straight victory. The win improved Texas to 43-27, five and a half games ahead of the LA Angels for first place in the AL West. San Diego fell to 24-46.
Rangers starter Yu Darvish was stellar, allowing just two runs on five hits over eight innings. Darvish, who walked three while striking out eight, improved to 9-4 on the season with a 3.45 ERA, and is now tied with several pitchers -- including teammate Matt Harrison -- at #1 in the American League in wins. Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save.
Padres starter Anthony Bass was not so fortunate, only giving up one run over five innings but not factoring into the decision. The loss was credited to reliever Dale Thayer, who surrendered two runs to the Rangers in the top of the sixth.
The Padres struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. With runners at second and third, Bass singled in both runs with two outs, then stole second before Darvish got the final out. Darvish followed that with six solid shutout innings, giving up just one walk and a pair of harmless singles the rest of the way.
Texas finally broke through in the top of the fifth when David Murphy walked, stole second, and then scored on Alberto Gonzalez' RBI single to make it 2-1.
Texas pulled ahead in the next inning. Michael Young singled, Josh Hamilton doubled, and Adrian Beltre walked to load the bases for Nelson Cruz, who drove in Young while grouding into a fielder's choice to tie it at 2-2. Craig Gentry, pinch-hitting for Murphy, then drew a walk to re-load the bases, and Yorvit Torrealba drew another walk to score Hamilton and put Texas up 3-2.
Young would later hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh to score Ian Kinsler and cap the scoring.
Texas finishes up their month of interleague play on Friday back in Arlington, as they begin a three-game series against the 25-41 Colorado Rockies.