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Rangers rally with 5-run sixth to top Padres

Choo extends on-base streak as Texas begins homestand with win
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ARLINGTON -- After being shut out for the third time this season on Sunday, the Rangers were still searching for any type of offensive output during the early stages of their series opener against the Padres on Monday.

The Rangers eventually found offensive success and used a key, five-run sixth inning to secure a 7-4 win at Globe Life Park.

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ARLINGTON -- After being shut out for the third time this season on Sunday, the Rangers were still searching for any type of offensive output during the early stages of their series opener against the Padres on Monday.

The Rangers eventually found offensive success and used a key, five-run sixth inning to secure a 7-4 win at Globe Life Park.

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Robinson Chirinos, Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo -- who extended his on-base streak to 38 consecutive games -- each produced RBI singles in the sixth to help give the Rangers a two-run lead.

Texas' lineup had to overcome a strong but abbreviated outing from Padres left-hander Joey Lucchesi, who held the Rangers scoreless and struck out four in four innings.

Despite that, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he thought his lineup still took a solid approach for the majority of the game, which contributed to the rally in the sixth.

Video: SD@TEX: Banister discusses 7-4 win over Padres

"It started early, really. It starts in the beginning of the game, just how we take our at-bats," Banister said. "You see some patient at-bats, seeing pitches, trying to find some timing. Tonight, [Lucchesi], he was very challenging with the delivery and the stuff. It was hard to find a release point.

"Very unorthodox, and very challenging to pick up on, but I think it kind of forced our guys to settle in and stay patient. Then again, it's not trying to get the big swing. It's trying to push the line along. You've got some guys that have adopted that mentality."

Ronald Guzman added an RBI later in the inning when he was credited with a sacrifice fly on a ball dropped in right field for an error, but he exited the game after being kneed in the head on a snap throw to third by catcher Austin Hedges.

Video: SD@TEX: Choo throws out Ellis advancing to third

Joey Gallo replaced Guzman at third and took over at first base for the remainder of the game. Guzman entered the concussion protocol after the game.

"Pretty hard tag to the head," Banister said. "It was very evident when we got out there, just his words, kind of the symptoms that he gave us."

Outfielder Nomar Mazara exited in the eighth after sustaining a left hamstring injury on an infield single to third. Carlos Tocci replaced Mazara at first. Banister said the substitution was precautionary.

Chirinos padded the lead for the Rangers in the seventh, when he lined an RBI double to left to score Rougned Odor.

Video: SD@TEX: Kela induces line out to earn his 19th save

Texas' offensive eruption erased a shaky start from left-hander Cole Hamels, who allowed a three-run home run to Manuel Margot and a solo shot to Jose Pirela. Hamels has now allowed 20 home runs in 16 starts this season.

"I think with a lot of them, especially the home runs recently, with the changeups, not what I'm used to giving up," said Hamels, who scattered nine hits over five-plus innings. "There's enough information on me. I think they kinda know what to look for, it's just trying to make tight pitches. I have to be able to do that."

Video: SD@TEX: Profar slides, makes strong throw for the out

The relievers who followed Hamels shut the door for the Rangers. The trio of Tony Barnette, Jose Leclerc and Chris Martin didn't allow a hit across three innings, and Keone Kela secured the save to improve to 19-for-19 in save opportunities.

"Huge, really, especially tonight, where we had to relieve Cole after the home run," Banister said. "Tony came in and did a spectacular job, and the rest of them, you saw what they do. They played a huge role in all of this winning combination."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
In the sixth inning, with the score tied at 4 and runners on the corners with one out, Choo gave the Rangers the lead on an infield RBI single. It was the third hit on the night for Choo, who extended his on-base streak to 38 games.

Video: SD@TEX: Choo plates Gallo with an infield single

Choo's streak is now the fifth-longest single-season streak in club history. The Rangers' five runs in the sixth helped erase a 4-1 deficit.

HE SAID IT
"These guys have been able to come in and, especially with some of us not being able to finish an inning, they've been able to come in and minimize damage or take away any sort of momentum that a team might have. It's been great to see all the guys be able to do it, and Kela, to be able to get those big saves. It's been great to see what our bullpen has been able to evolve to," -- Hamels, on the bullpen's success this season

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
In the fourth inning, with runners on first and second and no one out for the Padres, Jurickson Profar turned an unassisted double play. Profar fielded a grounder from Pirela and stepped on third to force out Hunter Renfroe before making a strong throw to get Pirela at first. Padres manager Andy Green challenged the play at first, but the call was upheld. The Padres were held scoreless in the inning after A.J. Ellis followed with a groundout.

Video: SD@TEX: Profar turns DP, call stands in the 4th

UP NEXT
Right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx makes his fourth start of the season at 7:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday against the Padres at Globe Life Park. Bibens-Dirkx won his first game of the season last Wednesday against the Royals, when he allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. Right-hander Tyson Ross (5-5, 3.34 ERA) will start for the Padres. Ross made 10 starts for the Rangers last season.

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas.

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