The Rangers and Nationals wrapped up their three-game series on Sunday at Globe Life Field.
Glenn Otto got the ball for Texas in his first start back of the Covid IL, looking to continue his success from before he came down with the virus. Otto came in at 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA.
Washington would counter with righty Jackson Tetreault who came in at 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA. Tetreault was coming off the best start of his young career where he pitched 7 innings and gave up 0 earned runs in a 9-3 defeat of the Phillies.
With the series tied at one, the winner of Sunday’s matinee would take home the series victory.
Once again it was the Nationals who were first to the scoreboard this time in the first inning. After a walk to Juan Soto and a single from Josh Bell, Nelson Cruz ripped a single into right field. Adolis Garcia came up firing but the bouncing throw proved too tough to handle for Jonah Heim.
Washington would add another on a sac fly from Yadiel Hernandez which scored Josh Bell to make it 2-0 Nats.
Otto’s struggles would continue in the first as Lane Thomas doubled off the left-field wall to grow the Washington lead to 3.
The Rangers had a good chance to respond immediately, as Josh Smith drew a leadoff walk, and Marcus Semien singled through the right side. However, Corey Seager grounded into a double play, and Adolis Garcia lined out to right, leaving Smith stranded on third.
The Nationals would go on to double their lead in the second using two walks and three hits to score two runs. Nelson Cruz capped off the big inning with an RBI single off the wall in right. Cruz was thrown out by Adolis Garcia trying to turn it into two.
Glenn Otto’s return from the Covid IL did not treat him kindly. Otto went just two innings giving up 6 runs, all of which were earned.
Garrett Richards would follow and have a very strong day. Richards threw three scoreless innings allowing just three hits.
The Rangers finally got to the scoreboard in the 7th when Jonah Heim launched a sac fly into center field that scored Adolis Garcia and made it 6-1.
Texas had one final chance in the 9th down by 5. Francisco Perez tried to close it out for Washington.
Kole Calhoun lead off with a double and Nathaniel Lowe followed with an RBI single to make it 6-2 Washington.
Jonah Heim stepped up from the right side and smoked a 2-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers to cut the Nationals’ lead to 6-4 and all of the sudden the Rangers had life.
Nats closer Tanner Rainey came on to try and hold the two-run lead.
He would get Brad Miller to strike out swinging
Steven Duggar would pop out in his first Rangers at-bat
Josh Smith drew an amazing two-out walk to bring Marcus Semien to the plate with the Rangers down by 2.
Semien hit a sharp ground ball to second base that ended the game.
The Nationals took home the win by a score of 6-4.
Ultimately The Nationals struck first off Otto and just used that lead to grab the win.
Chris Woodward said “ He (Otto) just never really looked comfortable.
The Rangers finish the homestand 3-2 but definitely had an opportunity for more.
Next Texas hits the road their first stop will be in Kansas City to take on the Royals.