The Rangers started their 11-game road trip with a 9-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park Thursday. The Rangers’ offense exploded in the fourth as Shin-Soo Choo smacked a two-run homer during the four-run inning. Yu Darvish picked up the win as he went seven innings, allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks and struck out six.
With the win the Rangers now have a 23-24 record and stand 7 1/2 games back of the first-place Oakland Athletics in the American League West. This is exactly why this portion of the season is so important. Texas does not want to lose any more ground and must put up a winning streak in order to keep pace. This may be difficult because the Rangers have three more games against the Tigers, four against the pesky Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis and three against the talent-rich Washington Nationals in D.C. Obviously the Rangers would love to win all of these games, but a 7-4 record would be respectable and much more conceivable. Texas desperately needs to play well now because the A’s are not looking like a team that will falter for long stretches. Along with Oakland, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners also stand in the Rangers’ way.
The Rangers must start a winning streak now and hope the teams in front of them start to fall back. If Texas slips up, any hope of extending the season into October will only be a pipe dream.