The Los Angeles Dodgers for the consecutive day failed to take down the Texas Rangers deep in the heart of Texas, despite getting some late help from Justin Turner after getting shutout for most of the night. The Rangers two runs seemed to be enough thru 8 1/3 innings, thanks to a dominant performance from their rookie right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez, but Turner’s (6) two-run game-tying home run in the ninth inning would play spoiler.
One half inning later, the Rangers catcher’ Robinson Chirinos hit a walk-off home run off reliever Josh Ravin that proved to be the difference in the 3-2 final score.
The two teams avoided a 90 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms that figured to interfere with the game. Texas got on the board first with a first inning run off Dodgers starter’ Brett Anderson. Making his 13th start of the season, the Dodgers lefty got off to a frustrating start that began with a two-out walk to Prince Fielder. The Rangers followed with consecutive singles before rookie Joey Gallo drew a walk with the bases loaded to take a 1-0 lead.
Gonzalez, making the fourth start of his MLB career, was every bit as advertised. He silenced the Dodgers’ offense for as long as he could, allowing just four hits, with two strikeouts until his night ended abruptly. The Rangers provided their second run of support on a rare Fielder infield-single in the fifth inning with two outs.
The two runs would be the only runs Anderson would allow, as he made it thru eight innings of work after his 25-pitch first inning. He finished the night allowing two runs on eight hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.
Anderson’s solid performance went from being wasted, conserved and then ultimately wasted with two swings. Turner’s game-tying homer gave the Dodgers hope until Chirinos shattered it with a swing of his own in the bottom of the ninth.
The Dodgers and Rangers will travel to Los Angeles to finish their interleague home-and-home series starting on Wednesday night.
WP: Shawn Tolleson (2-1, 2.61)
LP: Josh Ravin (2-1, 3.38)