Tonight felt like a weight being lifted off the Rangers’ shoulders.

Not only were they able to put up six runs, but Marcus Semien’s bases-clearing double in the sixth felt like that piece of slug this Rangers offense needed to gain some momentum.

Semien’s three-run double highlighted a five-run sixth inning, which fueled the Ranger’s 6-2 win over the Royals at Globe Life Field on Friday Night.

This marks just the third time this month that the Rangers have won back-to-back games.

“Well played game,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. “We pitched well and got some big hits tonight.

After retiring the first eight batters he faced, Nathan Eovaldi located a good 2-0 fastball at the bottom of the zone. Unfortunately for the Texas native, Royals ninth-hole hitter Kyle Isbel put a good swing on it and swatted it into the right field seats to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead.

Eovaldi gave up two hits and a walk in the fifth inning but left only allowing one run, which was a mini-win for the Rangers even though Kansas City took a 2-1 lead.

Following a 1-2-3 6th inning, Nathan Eovaldi’s solid night would end with six innings pitched and just two runs allowed while striking out six Royals.

In eight starts at Globe Life Field this season, Nathan Eovaldi has gone 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA, joining Kyle Gibson (2021) as the only Ranger to allow 2 or fewer earned runs in their first eight home starts.

“I felt really good,” Eovaldi said after the game. “I felt like that 3rd inning [and] 5th inning I kinda got a little mechanical, quick out there, but the boys were able to come together in the sixth and score some runs for us; that was a big inning for us.”

The Rangers used three straight hits from Garcia, Lowe, and Wyatt Langford’s second RBI knock of the night to tie the game at two in the said sixth inning.

One batter later, Jonah Heim bounced into an RBI groundout to put Texas ahead 3-2.

Unlike the 4th inning in which the Rangers scored, this time, the Texas offense found a big blow. Marcus Semien delivered a bases-clearing double to put the Rangers up 6-2.

“It’s always good to have a big inning like that, especially in a tight ball game,” Bochy said.

“Good at-bats had some walks in there, and then Marcus topped it off with something we’ve been missing at times, and he came through with a big three-run double there, so it’s good to see these guys have some success doing what they are good at, that’s knocking in runs.”

Needing to close the game out, Jose Leclerc came on and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings before giving way to David Robertson, who got the final out of the 8th.
Kirby Yates came on and threw a clean 9th, helping a Rangers bullpen combine for three scoreless innings to lock this one down.


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