Texas Wins in Extra Innings 3-2 Over Tampa Bay on Tuesday
The Texas Rangers needed fourteen innings to get the job done, but that is exactly what they did as Adam Rosales’ two-out walk with the bases loaded off of Rays reliever Cesar Ramos gave Texas the 3-2 win. Reliever Scott Baker earned the win in relief last night as it was his first Major League victory in over three years. Baker was pitching in his 21st game for the Rangers this season and they were 0-for-20 in his previous appearances.
“At this point of the season, we’ll take a win any way we can get it,” Baker said. “I guess in a way it’s a stat, but regardless as a reliever or a starter, to win a game in the big leagues is something special. I’m very happy, but at the same time I was in the right place at the right time.” The Rangers bullpen was superb after starter Nick Tepesch held the Rays to two runs in seven innings. Neal Cotts and Roman Mendez combined for a scoreless eighth, then Neftali Feliz and Shawn Tolleson each pitched two scoreless innings.
Offensively, Texas struggled for the most part, but they were able to scratch across enough run support to seal the win. They were able to manage fourteen hits in the game but left thirteen runners stranded while going 3-14 with runners in scoring position. Luckily for them, Tampa Bay was worse in that category as they were 0-6 in scoring opportunities.
Now with the win, Texas is still in the cellar of the AL West as they are 47-72 on the year which is 26 games back of the division leading Oakland Athletics. They will continue their mid-week series against the Rays tonight with first pitch for that game set for 7:10pm from Globe Life Park in Arlington and can be seen on FOX Sports SW.