MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Tampa Bay2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 350
Texas0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 040
  W: R. Hill (5-2)   L: K. Allard (1-2)   S: D. Castillo (9)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 PM CT, June 5, 2021
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 27,237

Rangers look to start win streak against Rays

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Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers

  1. Since 2016, the Rays and Rangers have met 12 times in Arlington. The Rays have gone 8-4 during that stretch, and have collected double-digit hits in each of the last five road meetings with the Rangers, and in nine of their last 10.
  2. Tampa Bay is 21-9 (.700) when playing on the road this season, the highest win percentage on the road in baseball. The Rays started the season going 2-4 on the road, but have since gone 19-5 (.792).
  3. The Rangers are a break-even 13-13 at home this season, but have won 11 of their last 18 in Arlington after a 2-6 start at home. In Texas' last home action it swept three games from the Astros (May 21-23).
  4. Austin Meadows is on a seven-game hitting streak (11-for-25, 5 HR, 15 RBI). Only two other players have at least 10 hits, five home runs and 15 RBIs over a seven-game span this season, Boston's J.D. Martinez (April 3-11) and San Diego's Fernando Tatis Jr. (May 9-25).
  5. Adolis Garcia is one of two players in baseball with at least 50 hits, 15 home runs and 5 stolen bases (53/16/7). The other is Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. (53/17/9).
  6. Josh Fleming allowed just one run over five innings despite earning a loss in his season debut vs. Texas on April 14. Kyle Gibson will make his return from injury tonight. Prior to going on the IL, he posted an ERA of 2.24 and a WHIP of 1.01 (60.1 IP) this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/4/2021 thru 6/6/2021

The Texas Rangers ended their nine-game skid Friday night and will look to start a winning streak Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas.

A 5 1/3-inning scoreless effort by starter Kyle Gibson put the Rangers back into the win column for the first time since May 23 as Texas held on for a 5-4 victory over the Rays.

In his Bally Sports Southwest interview, second baseman Nick Solak credited the boisterous crowd with an assist in the win.

"They make so much noise. It's really fun to win in front of them," said Solak, a former Tampa Bay farmhand who went 3-for-4 and is batting .452 against the Rays.

Added Texas manager Chris Woodward: "We had our best pitcher on the mound, with the fans, and it just gave us a lot of momentum. You'd have never known we'd lost nine in a row."

While the right-handed Gibson led the way, the middle contest of the three-game set will feature two lefties -- Tampa Bay's Rich Hill (4-2, 3.32 ERA) and Texas' Kolby Allard (1-1, 3.38).

After a slow start to 2021, Hill, 41, has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball over his last seven starts dating back to April 26's outing against the Oakland Athletics.

In 40 2/3 innings, he swept his curveball up to the plate and fanned 46 batters while sporting a 1.11 ERA. Hill went 3-2 in that span of starts, most recently being the pitcher of record in the Rays' 3-1 win in the Bronx on Monday -- his third win over the Yankees this season.

Named the American League's Pitcher of the Month earlier this week, Hill has turned his game around after posting a chunky 8.82 ERA in his first four starts -- surrendering four earned runs in each of his first four outings.

"Thrilled that he got it," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "Congrats to him. I didn't go back and look at stats and what pitchers had done, but it was certainly hard to envision anybody had been better."

Over his 17-year career in the majors, Hill has made just four appearances -- two starts -- against the Rangers, posting a 1-0 mark and a 4.09 ERA in 11 innings.

The Rays placed first baseman Ji-Man Choi (groin strain) on the 10-day injured list Friday.

A former first-round draft pick (14th overall, 2015) of the Atlanta Braves, Allard has pitched in relief in all but one of his appearances in 2021, making his first start on May 27 in a 5-0 loss in Seattle.

Allard yielded two runs on just two hits in his four-inning outing, striking out four and walking one. But the hits were back-to-back solo smashes by Tom Murphy and Jacob Nottingham -- enough to put the 23-year-old Anaheim native on the hook for the loss.

"I felt pretty strong one through four," Allard said of his 19th career start. "I hadn't thrown into the fourth this year, so I didn't think they were going to let me go too much past that, but I felt good pretty much all the way through."

Over his career, Allard has made one start and one relief appearance against the Rays, resulting in no record and a high 7.20 ERA after allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings pitched.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 5, 2021

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