It’s funny how baseball can be so forgetful sometimes. 

One night after getting shut out and leaving the bases loaded with no one out twice, the Rangers’ offense used two three-run innings to power past the Nationals 6-0 and take the series. 

Texas put up three in the second with three straight two-out RBI hits from Ezequiel Duran, Evan Carter, and Marcus Semien.

“We did get some big hits,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said after the game.

“Jonah [Heim] started that rally, then we had three big two-out hits in a row [from] Duran, Carter, and then Marcus [Semien], and those are what win ball games for you, so it gave us a lead.”

The Rangers added to that lead in the 8th, using RBI singles from Jonah Heim and Travis Jankowski to blow it open. 

Nathan Eovaldi got the start for the Rangers and was spinning well, but towards the end of his outing in the sixth inning, he hobbled off the mound following a pitch and eventually left the game with tightness in his right groin. 

“He had some groin tightness right there, so I’m just being cautious,” Bochy went on to say. It did tighten up on him, so there’s no point in pushing him. Tomorrow, we’ll get it looked at.”

Following Eovaldi’s exit, it would be up to the Rangers bullpen to continue their success and make the Rangers’ early runs stand. 

Jacob Latz, David Robertson, and Jonathan Hernandez would each throw scoreless outings to continue the bullpen’s recent success and bring this one home. 

“The bullpen was fresh today, and they all did a good job; Latz came back in and did a nice job, Robertson [as well], but that’s where it all starts is on the mound.”

Rangers relievers have not allowed a run in their last four games and have a 0.58 ERA with 33 strikeouts in their last 10 games.

 An all-around big win for the Rangers to take the series and secure a winning home stand. 

“We played well, pitched well, we played good defense, and got the timely hits.” 


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