Rangers rally in seventh to stymie Thornburg, Brewers
ARLINGTON, Texas--Elvis Andrus broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBI, and the Texas Rangers rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 Wednesday night.
The AL West-leading Rangers were 7-40 when trailing after six innings before the rally that began in the seventh. Andrus had RBI single to snap an 0-for-13 skid and Ian Kinsler a two-run single that turned a two-run deficit into a lead for Texas.
Milwaukee’s Juan Francisco homered twice and drove in all four runs.
After the Brewers snapped the Rangers’ season-high eight-game win streak on Tuesday night, Texas won for the 14th time in 16 games.
Matt Garza gave up eight hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings. But Neal Cotts, Jason Frasor (4-2), Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan combined to shut down the Brewers.
Nathan notched his 36th save in 38 tries.
Milwaukee right-hander Tyler Thornburg gave up one earned run in six innings, receiving a no-decision for the third time in three starts.
But the Brewers bullpen fell apart in the seventh. Left-hander Michael Gonzalez walked the two batters he faced, then John Axford walked pinch-hitter Jeff Baker to load the bases with no outs.
After a Leonys Martin strikeout, Andrus hit a line drive single to cut the Rangers’ deficit to 4-3. Burke Badenhop relieved Axford (5-6) and promptly gave up the two-run single to Kinsler.
Francisco hit a 428-foot homer in the second. His second long ball was a three-run shot and gave Milwaukee at 4-2 lead in the fourth inning.
It was Francisco’s second multihomer game, the last being April 16 when he was playing for the Braves against Kansas City.