May 24: Rangers (24-25) 12, Tigers (28-17) 2
Rookies reigned in the Texas Rangers’ 12-2 trouncing of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Starter Nick Martinez earned his first career win after a solid six-inning outing, and Rougned Odor tallied a season-high five RBIs in a 4-for-5 day.
Detroit got to starter Martinez first in the second inning when Rajai Davis doubled home Andrew Romine from first with two outs in the inning.
Martinez would bend but not break the rest of the way. He gave up a total of eight hits and just that one run in his six frames of work. He fanned only two and walked one in his 91 pitches on the hill.
On the other side, starter Rick Porcello didn’t fare so well as the Rangers bats came to life in the fourth inning. Chris Gimenez tied the game with his first double of the season, scoring Adrian Beltre from first. Leonys Martin kept things going just three pitches later as singled in a run on a ground ball to center. Odor ended the scoring parade when he tripled home Martin and Donnie Murphy two batters later.
Now up 4-1, Beltre added to Martinez’s cushion as he belted his fifth home run of the year in a fly ball to left. He fought off three foul balls behind in the count 1-2 before connecting on a two-seam fastball.
The Rangers’ offense just kept the line moving in the sixth and seventh innings as they put together a pair of three-run innings to put the game completely out of reach.
In the sixth, Murphy hit a two-run home run to right with nobody out to stretch the lead to six. With two outs, Mitch Moreland reached on a fielding error by center fielder Austin Jackson, allowing Elvis Andrus to score from second.
After Martinez wiggled out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth, Odor flexed his muscles again with his second run-scoring triple of the game in the top half of the seventh. This time it was a bases-clearing three-bagger to center field, scoring Alex Rios, Martin and Murphy.
With both starters well out of the game in the ninth, Michael Choice ended the scoring for the Rangers when he doubled home a runner with two outs.
In the bottom half of the frame, Ian Kinsler knocked in a run against his former team when he singled home Davis against reliever Aaron Poreda.
Porcello fell for just the second time all year as he gave up 12 hits, seven earned runs and two homers in 5.1 innings of work. He fanned five and walked two.
Meanwhile, Martinez lowered his ERA to 2.14 with his six innings of ball on the mound.
In the batters box, Odor improved his batting average to .278 with his four hits.
As a team, the Rangers were 6-for-16 with runners in scoring position in the game.