ARLINGTON -- The Rangers need starting pitching, and they got a snapshot on Tuesday of the kinds of pitchers who will be available this coming winter.
In Column A, there will be Patrick Corbin, the 29-year-old left-hander who pitched the D-backs to a 6-4 win over Texas at Globe Life Park. In Column B is Yovani Gallardo, who had a four-game winning streak snapped when he allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings.
"I couldn't put guys away, to be honest," Gallardo said. "I think that was it. I fell behind certain guys and when I was ahead, I just wasn't able to put guys away and finish them off. It just wasn't a good day for me. It was not the way I had been throwing the ball. It's going to happen."
Corbin is now 10-4 with a 3.18 ERA, and has been instrumental in pitching Arizona into first place in the National League West. He was a 14-game winner last year for a Wild Card team and has re-established himself as a front-line starter after a tough road back from missing 2014 because of Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.
"Pretty challenging for us tonight," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "The slider was a pretty dynamic pitch for [Corbin]. Enough fastball, the delivery is a little bit of a challenge to pick the baseball up off of, which obviously made both pitches -- the slider and the fastball -- play up very well. I thought good stuff, plus slider at times made it very challenging for us."
Corbin figures to be in the top of the free-agent pitching class along with perhaps Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and J.A. Happ. The Rangers might find that a tough class to play in again this winter, since they'll likely be back in a situation where they have to acquire starting pitching in bulk, as they did last offseason.
Gallardo is one of those reclamation projects that is available in any free-agent class. Texas worked that street hard last winter with Doug Fister, Mike Minor and Bartolo Colon, and has had mixed results.
The Rangers signed Gallardo as a free agent on April 13 after he had been cast aside by the Reds. Once an All-Star pitcher with the Brewers, Gallardo had to go to Triple-A Round Rock and pitch his way back to the big leagues.
He earned his promotion by going 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA in 10 starts. He is now 7-2 with a 5.33 ERA in 11 starts for the Rangers, and the next six weeks will determine how much interest there will be in bringing him back next year.
"Kind of a mixed bag, really, when it comes to the runs against," Banister said. "[Gallardo] has been able to manage the game well for us when we have been able to get him some runs. Typical of what we have seen from Yo in the past, in the fact that he has still has good command of the fastball and can manage the secondary stuff. He is still a Major League pitcher, in my opinion."
But he is just one of several going through auditions right now. Andrew Hutchison pitches for the Rangers on Saturday and Chris Tillman started at Round Rock on Tuesday night. He retired just one batter before leaving the game with a strained groin.
The Rangers' search for starting pitching continues, and they saw up-close a sample of the shopping list that will be available this winter.
"If it happens, it happens," Gallardo said. "Honestly, [I'm] not thinking about that. I have always been the kind of person, I am going to go out and compete and get the job done. I had the opportunity of being here two years ago, and they know what I am capable of. The past couple of years, things didn't go my way. I'll be the first to one to say it: I didn't pitch the way I wanted to. This year, I feel good, I feel great. I made some adjustments ... showing this team, the organization, whoever it might be, that I can go out there and get the job done."
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Jurickson Profar led off the Rangers' ninth with a triple down the right-field line. Robinson Chirinos followed with a high popup into shallow right, and Steven Souza Jr. raced in to make a diving catch. Profar scored on the play, but the catch kept Texas from getting Joey Gallo to the plate with the tying run.
Elvis Andrus was 1-for-4 and has a 24-game hitting streak at Globe Life Park, the longest home hitting streak in the Major Leagues this season.
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
The D-backs had the bases loaded with one out in the fourth when Paul Goldschmidt ripped a grounder down the third-base line. Profar, starting at third in place of Adrian Beltre, made a terrific diving stop to his right, then got up quickly and made a strong throw to second base to start an inning-ending double play.
HE SAID IT
"[Corbin] makes pitches, and I think he has a really innate quality to locate balls to the bottom of the zone. You come into this ballpark, you wonder often what are going to be the conditions. The ball does fly out of here, especially with this group of guys. This group of hitters here, they're very, very potent." -- Arizona manager Torey Lovullo
Right-hander Ariel Jurado pitches for the Rangers in the first game of a four-game series against the Angels at 7:05 p.m. CT Thursday at Globe Life Park. Jurado allowed six runs in five innings in a 7-3 loss to the Yankees on Friday. Prior to that, he had won consecutive starts over the Orioles and the Astros. He was 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 16 starts at Double-A Frisco. The Angels are expecting to rely entirely on their bullpen Thursday and Friday in Texas to fill the voids in their rotation left by the injuries to starters Nick Tropeano and Tyler Skaggs.