The Texas Rangers took on the Detroit Tigers in game 4 of the series Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Field.
After routing the Tigers Wednesday night behind a stellar performance from Dane Dunning, the Rangers looked to take the series being rookie hurler Cody Bradford.
Bradford worked in and out of trouble in the first frame, and the Rangers took a 1-0 lead on yet another Josh Jung RBI single.
The second saw Bradford work himself into more trouble and allow 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk. He had thrown 48 pitches after the second frame.
Detroit starter Reese Olson took a 103 mph comebacker off his knee that ultimately led to him leaving the game, bringing in Tiger reliever Tyler Holton in the second inning with 2 outs.
“The X-Rays were negative, which is a good sign,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said after the game.
“It [revealed] a contusion, which doesn’t sound as bad as it probably hurts.”
Holton gave up a homer to Duran in the 4th; after he gave up a Mitch Garver single, his night was finished.
Tyler Alexander replaced him with 1 out in the 4th inning. A 5-6-3 got Alexander out of the inning. The Tigers and Rangers continued trading runs until the 8th inning, where the Tigers put this one away.
Spencer Torkelson had two homers in the game, and the Tigers scored 4 times in the 8th to take an 8-3 lead capped by Torkelson’s 3-run shot.
The Rangers sit at 49 wins at the statistical halfway point.
“It’s been fun to watch these guys,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Overall, you have to be excited about this team and how they’re playing.”
The Rangers did mount a comeback attempt in the ninth, scoring 2 times and bringing the tying run to the plate with two outs.
Also, Josh Jung and Ezequiel Duran had really nice games again for Texas. Duran has homered in 3 straight games.
The Rangers begin a series with Houston on Friday, and it can really separate the two teams or bring the race much closer.