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Rangers hold on for 7-5 win over Tigers
Friday Jul 06, 2018 12:00am

(DETROIT) – The Texas Rangers were great until the rain showed up. After that, they were just holding on. The Rangers led 5-0 when heavy showers forced a 29-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth inning Thursday night. The first batter after the delay hit a two-run homer to give the Rangers a 7-0 lead, but it was all Detroit Tigers after that. The Tigers had the winning run at the plate with no one out in the ninth inning, but closer Keone Kela retired the next three batters to finish off a 7-5 victory and snap a three-game losing streak. Yovani Gallardo (3-0) got the win, giving up four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two while winning his third straight start. Kela allowed a run in the ninth before finishing off his 21st save. Matthew Boyd allowed a season-high seven runs and seven hits in four innings. He is 0-3 with a 10.59 ERA in his last four starts. Detroit lost is third straight and dropped to 2-14 since June 17. The Tigers made it 7-3 in the bottom of the fourth on RBI singles by John Hicks, Jim Adduci and Robby Rodriguez, but Gallardo got Jose Iglesias to hit into an inning-ending double play. Niko Goodrum homered in the sixth to make it 7-4. Rodriguez started the ninth with an infield single and Iglesias reached on an error by third baseman Jurickson Profar. Victor Reyes followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5, but pinch-hitter Jeimer Candelario bounced into a force at second. Kela struck out Nicholas Castellanos and retired Goodrum to end the game.

Niko Goodrum watches his home run in the 6th inning against Texas (photo courtesy of Kirthmon F. Dozier/DFP)
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