The Texas Rangers (4-7) and their offense awoke from a slumber on Tuesday night, snapping a four-game losing skid with an 8-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays (5-6).
It didn’t take long for the Rangers to get going after being shutout for 22 consecutive innings. Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off the game with a single and advanced to second base on a balk. After David Dahl moved him over to third base on a groundout, Joey Gallo lined a single into right field to drive in Kiner-Falefa.
Kyle Gibson (2-0, 4.05 ERA) followed a great start against Toronto with another great outing. But the story of the night was the offense. The Texas lineup racked up 13 total hits and, more importantly, overcame early adversity.
The Rangers were immediately put back on their heels when the Rays answered with two runs in the bottom half of the first inning. The Rangers nearly got out of the inning tied 1-1, but a bad hop off the fringe of the infield and outfield handcuffed Nick Solak, allowing the go-ahead run to score for Tampa Bay.
“This game is amazing,” said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. “When things aren’t going well, if you give in a little bit to the game and start pressing and stressing, the game is going to keep pushing. The game is going to hit you hard. I think that was probably the moment where he had to let go.”
Rangers hitters weren’t about to let a bit of bad luck keep them from building off of a good first inning. When they generated the next scoring opportunity, they didn’t waste it.