Rookie catcher Jose Trevino, playing in only his third major league game, flared a pinch-hit single to left field to score two runs and cap the Rangers‘ four-run ninth inning as Texas won a see-saw game 13-12 over the Colorado Rockies at Globe Life Park on Sunday.
The Rockies appeared to ice the game with two-run home run from Trevor Story, his 15th of the season, in the top of the ninth off Rangers reliever Jesse Chavez (3-1), who instead got the win.
But Colorado closer Wade Davis was wild from the outset of the bottom of the ninth. He walked four batters, including Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo, to force in runs. Trevino, just called up from the minors on Friday, then singled on a full count pitch from Davis (0-2), who blew his fourth save of the season.
Earlier, the Rockies’ Gerardo Parra hit a bases-loaded double in a five-run seventh inning. That rally came after the Rangers had scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-5 lead.
Texas trailed 10-6 before scoring three runs in the seventh inning off Rockies relievers Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw, the runs scoring on two groundouts and then a double by Jurickson Profar, who earlier hit a three-run home run to give the Rangers a short-lived 6-5 lead.
The Rangers were down 5-1 when Profar’s homer capped their five-run outburst in the sixth inning that finished off Colorado right-hander Jon Gray, who overpowered the Rangers for five innings, striking out nine while allowing just one run on three hits. Six of his strikeouts were consecutive, all swinging, between the second and fourth innings.
The Rangers scored their first run of the inning on a throwing error and the second on Nomar Mazara‘s second run-scoring single of the game, which cut the lead to 5-3.
The inning also included a single by Shin-Soo Choo, extending his streak of reaching base to 31 straight games, the longest current streak in the majors.
Rangers relievers Alex Claudio and Jose Leclerc couldn’t hold the lead in the seventh, however.
The Rockies got a single and a double to lead off the inning, before Charlie Blackmon dove into first base to beat out an infield hit to drive in the first run. Nolan Arenado singled to tie the game before Parra cleared the bases with his double.
LeMahieu opened the game with a home run off Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo, the 12-year veteran whose last effective season was with the Rangers in 2015. He entered Sunday with an ERA of 30.86 covering 2 1/3 innings of relief appearances early in the season with the Cincinnati Reds.
Gallardo lasted five innings, giving up five runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Gray, an Oklahoma native making his first-ever appearance against the Rangers, went five-plus innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits, with one walk.
Profar drove in four runs and Mazara three for the Rangers. They each had two of Texas’ 10 hits.
Parra had three hits and drove in four runs for the Rockies, who finished with 15 hits but also made two errors that factored into Rangers’ runs.
Mazara (wrist) will start in right field and bat third Sunday against the Rockies.
After missing one game earlier in the week due to an illness, Mazara rejoined the Texas lineup Wednesday before experiencing soreness in his left wrist. The injury prevented him from appearing in the first two games of the series, but the brief respite was apparently all he needed to get over the issue. He’ll now take aim at salvaging what has been a rough month to date; Mazara has recorded six hits in 38 at-bats in June.
RANGERS STARTER RHP BARTOLO COLON (3-4, 4.94) is 1-3 with a 9.51 ERA in his last five starts. In that span, opponents are hitting .333 with a .624 slugging percentage and 10 homers in 108 at-bats. Colon has the third-best walks-per-nine-innings rate among major-leaguers with 70 innings at 1.33. He also has the fourth-lowest strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate at 5.79.
LOVES TO FACE: Ryan Goins is 2 for 12 lifetime against Colon.
HATES TO FACE: Alex Gordon has three extra-base hits in 14 career at-bats against Colon.
KANSAS CITY STARTER RHP IAN KENNEDY (1-6, 5.13) is 0-6 with a 5.98 ERA in his last 12 starts. The Royals have had three blown saves behind Kennedy during the losing streak. Kennedy and Chicago White Sox right-hander James Shields are tied for the major-league lead in homers allowed since opening day 2015 with 110.
LOVES TO FACE: Joey Gallo is 1 for 9 with seven strikeouts lifetime against Kennedy.
HATES TO FACE: Delino DeShields has reached base four times in 10 career plate appearances against Kennedy.
Mon.; at KC; 7:15; FSSW; Bartolo Colon (3-4); Ian Kennedy (1-6)
Tue.; at KC; 7:15; FSSW; Cole Hamels (3-6); Jason Hammel (2-7)
Wed.; at KC; 7:15; FSSW; Yohander Mendez (0-1); Jakob Junis (5-7)
Fri.; at Min.; 7:10; FSSW; Mike Minor (4-4); Fernando Romero (3-2)
Worth noting from the Texas Rangers’ minor-league system on Saturday:
TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK (30-38): Had only four hits in a 6-1 loss to Fresno (Houston). LHP Jeffrey Springs, in his Triple-A debut, struck out three of the eight batters faced in 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
DOUBLE-A FRISCO (23-45): Got a combined three-hitter in a 3-1 win against San Antonio (San Diego). SS Michael De Leon, back to uniform No. 1 with Elvis Andrus’ departure, had three hits.
HIGH A DOWN EAST (35-34): Went 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position and hit into four double plays in a 9-5 loss at Frederick (Baltimore). SS Brendon Davis had three hits and is batting .344 for his last 32 at-bats.
LOW-A HICKORY (30-37): Had only four hits, including a homer by DH Yohel Pozo, in a 4-2 loss at Lakewood (Philadelphia).3B Tyler Ratliff had a single and has six hits in his last 15 at-bats.
SHORT-SEASON A SPOKANE (1-1): Got five consecutive hits, starting with a triple by CF Julio Pablo Martinez, during a five-run eighth inning in a 6-1 win against Boise (Colorado).
Starter LHP Jake Lentz worked four innings. From 2015-17, Lentz was limited to a total of 11 innings because of an elbow injury and a transfer from LSU to Kent State.
ARLINGTON – Elvis Andrus on Saturday passed the final test before a return to the Rangers’ lineup.
Andrus, with Triple-A Round Rock on injury-rehabilitation assignment, played shortstop for nine innings for the second consecutive game. Manager Jeff Banister had said that Andrus had to show that he could handle back-to-back games before the club would consider activating him from the disabled list.
Banister indicated it is “a real possibility,’’ that Andrus will be in the lineup on Monday at Kansas City.
In six games with Round Rock and Double-A Frisco, Andrus had only one single in 22 at-bats and reached base twice in 24 plate appearances. The Rangers attribute that to Andrus sharpening his eye and regaining the rhythm to his swing after a lengthy layoff.
“Obviously, you’d like to get a little feel good with the bat so he has confidence coming back,” Banister said. “But he’s a confident guy. He’ll be all right when he gets back.”
Andrus has been on the disabled list since April 12 because of a fracture in the right elbow. The Rangers are 24-35 in his absence.
From the minor leagues: The Rangers expect heralded right-hander Hans Crouse to remain in the rotation with Short-season A Spokane. Crouse was scratched from a start on Friday, opening night in the Northwest League, after developing a cut on the right middle finger while preparing.
Crouse, 19, was the 66th overall choice in the 2017 draft. In the rookie-level Arizona League last year, he allowed one earned run and seven hits with 30 strikeouts in 20 innings.
Injuries on the major-league club are creating a stressful situation for Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers signed right-hander Chris Jensen, recently released by Colorado, on Friday morning, and he pitched for Round Rock in the evening.
Briefly: Starter Mike Minor was called for a balk for the first time in his career during the second inning of the 5-2 win against Colorado. The Rangers lead the majors in balks with six. … The Rangers signed seven more draft choices. Right-hander Leury Tejeda, a 10th-round choice from The Bronx, N.Y., topped the list. … Reliever Jose Leclerc worked a perfect eighth inning for the win. Leclerc has struck out 13 of the last 25 batters faced.