DENVER -- This time, the Rangers weren't quite as dramatic as they were the night before. This time, they pulled their come-from-behind act one inning early.Texas, trailing 5-2, scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning on its way to a 7-5 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday
DENVER -- This time, the Rangers weren't quite as dramatic as they were the night before. This time, they pulled their come-from-behind act one inning early.
Texas, trailing 5-2, scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning on its way to a 7-5 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday afternoon at Coors Field. The victory was the Rangers' fourth straight, coming after their ninth-inning rally and 4-3 victory on Monday night. The Rangers' 35 come-from-behind wins are the most in the Majors.
"We are winning, that's what we are supposed to be doing," third baseman Adrián Beltré said. "Lately we have been waiting until the last few innings, so we'll take it any way we can."
The rally came against reliever Scott Oberg after Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood allowed two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. Chatwood struck out a season-high eight batters, his most in a game since July 26, 2013. He also did not walk a batter for the first time since May 27 against the Giants. In his previous 10 starts, he averaged 6.28 walks per nine innings.
"I always like to attack with fastballs," Chatwood said. "I've pitched against those guys a couple times when they went to the World Series, so just knowing them and knowing if you fall behind, that's when they start kind of licking their chops up there. That's when they do their damage, so I was just trying to get ahead as much as I could and try to keep making pitches and keep us in the game."
The rally started with three straight one-out singles from Ian Desmond, Rougned Odor and Carlos Beltrán, the last of which was an RBI knock to make it 5-3. Beltre followed with a two-run double to tie the game. Left-hander Jake McGee took over and retired Mitch Moreland on a fly to left. But Elvis Andrus singled up the middle to put the Rangers ahead.
"We never, ever quit," Andrus said. "We don't give up until the last out. Baseball is 27 outs, so we're going to play hard until the last pitch, and so far it's happening. You don't want to stop doing it."
Odor added a run-scoring double for the Rangers in the ninth and Sam Dyson finished it out for his 25th save.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Blackmon gets it starting again:Charlie Blackmon's leadoff homer was his second in four games. It was his seventh of the season and extended his club record to 19 career leadoff homers, which is the most among all Major Leaguers since his rookie season in 2013. The home run went an estimated 423 feet, according to Statcast™.
"He's become a dual threat in that leadoff spot, a power-speed guy," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Charlie's having another really good year." More >
Beltre wears out Coors: Beltre continues to feast on Rockies pitching at Coors Field. He was 2-for-4 on Tuesday, including his two-run double in the eighth, and is a career .400 (102-for-255) hitter here, with 18 home runs and 69 RBIs. It's the highest all-time average for a player with at least 200 at-bats at Coors.
Arenado hitting stride:Nolan Arenado drove in runs in the first and third on a single to right field and single to left field, respectively. In his past three games, he's 7-for-10 with a pair of home runs, a double, three walks and nine RBIs. That is some way to break out of a 6-for-38 (.158) slump.
"I think he's past his slump," Weiss said. "It doesn't surprise you. Nolan doesn't stay down for too long."
Mazara gets it going:Nomar Mazara started the Rangers' comeback with an RBI single in the seventh inning. It was his first RBI since July 31. He is hitting .318 though in his past 19 games.
"We were battling," Mazara said. "It felt good to put the ball in play and get the RBI, try to get some momentum going."
"I know it should take a couple days, but I don't think it should be a DL. I felt good today, so that's a good sign. I was wondering how I was going to wake up today because [my ankle] was bigger than it was the day that I sprained it. That's why I was a little concerned last night, but today I feel fine and I'm walking fine."
-- Carlos González, on the ankle injury that forced him to leave Monday's game early and sit out TuesdayMore >
ROCKIES' BULLPEN SHAKEUP
The Rangers' four-run rally came against Oberg, who was taking on a new role as the setup man. The eighth inning normally belongs to Adam Ottavino, but he was just bumped up to the closer role with Carlos Estévez's demotion.
"The back end, there are some moving parts right now," Weiss said. "Especially on days that we want to stay off of Boone Logan, guys are capable of stepping up and protecting leads late, but we've struggled with that the last couple days."
Rangers: Left-hander Martin Pérez pitches for the Rangers as their four-game home-and-home set with the Rockies continues at 7:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Perez is 6-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 11 starts in his career.
Rockies: Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa starts for the Rockies against the Rangers, with first pitch on Wednesday scheduled for 6:05 MT. De La Rosa is 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 10 starts since moving back to the rotation on June 10.
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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.