Rangers rally with 5-run sixth to top Padres

Choo extends on-base streak as Texas begins homestand with win

June 25th, 2018

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.

, and -- 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.

"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."

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 .

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 exited in the eighth after sustaining a left hamstring injury on an infield single to third. 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 .

Texas' offensive eruption erased a shaky start from left-hander Cole Hamels, who allowed a three-run home run to and a solo shot to . 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."

The relievers who followed Hamels shut the door for the Rangers. The trio of Tony Barnette, and Chris Martin didn't allow a hit across three innings, and 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.

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, turned an unassisted double play. Profar fielded a grounder from Pirela and stepped on third to force out 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.

UP NEXT

Right-hander 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 (5-5, 3.34 ERA) will start for the Padres. Ross made 10 starts for the Rangers last season.