Phils run out of steam with Pivetta in Texas

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ARLINGTON — Propelled by Ryan Rua‘s three-run homer, the Rangers wrapped up a perfect homestand on Thursday afternoon with an 8-4 victory over the Phillies. Texas won its ninth consecutive game to cap its 8-0 homestand.

By sweeping the Padres, A’s and Phillies at Globe Life Park, the Rangers have quickly made a winner out of a club that seemed to be spinning its wheels in the season’s first five weeks. Though Texas has picked up only a half-game in the American League West behind the dominant Astros, the Rangers have put their 13-20 start well behind them and are two games above .500 for the first time this season.

Despite chasing Phillies starter Nick Pivetta after just 4 2/3 innings, the Rangers had yet to score until they pounded out five runs with two outs in the fifth and reliever Joely Rodriguez on the hill. Rua’s three-run drive capped the big inning, and Rodriguez allowed three more runs in the sixth.

Franco's homer to right-center

Rangers starter Martin Perez scattered five hits in seven strong innings, striking out eight and walking none. His only blemishes on Thursday were a second-inning triple to Michael Saunders, who scored on a sacrifice fly before exiting with a left groin injury, and Maikel Franco‘s solo homer in the fifth.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Thursday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com
since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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