ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Rangers central field defender Eli White has made an impressive leap to kill Homer from three wounds …
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Rangers central field defender Eli White made a spectacular jumping hunt to repel Homer from G-Man Choi in the first inning, and later made a long home run when Texas beat Tampa Bay Rays 9-5 in Monday night.
White slipped to the warning lane in the deep left center and perfectly calculated his jump. His upper body was well above the 6-foot wall in front of the Flight bullpen, and his left arm was fully extended above his head when he caught more than 400 feet from the plate.
Glenn Otto (3-2), a right-handed rookie who walked and hit the battered man before, raised his glove to say goodbye to his teammate. Choi even smiled about it.
Jonah Heim is also hamred, and Cole Calhoun has spent three races for Texas (23-24), which with Tuesday’s victory could reach 0.500 for the first time this season. Mitch Harver was 3 on 4 with gait and double races after missing three previous games with a slight sprain of his left knee.
Rays starter Drew Rasmussen (5-2) went through the first three beats he faced and threw two wild pitches before Calhoun went the other way. When Calhoun launched one ball across the open left side of the home field due to a change in defense, Texas increased the score to 2-0.
After Josh Smith played in Texas for the second single in his first major league, White went straight to center field when the ball flew out of reach of Brett Phillips, who was jumping. White’s second homer of the season gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead.
Smith and White, who finished last two in Texas, both received three strikes each. Smith is the sixth player in Texas with three strikes in the MLB, the first since Nomar Mazar in 2016.
Otto matched his longest career, making six innings and coming out with a 9-2 advantage. Only one race was earned when the right-hander knocked out four, passed three and threw 60 of 99 shots in his career for punches.
Rasmussen, 5-0 in his six previous starts, allowed five runs in three innings. The first three beats were the only ones he walked on, and he knocked out three.
The Rays had three straight RBI singles games in the seventh inning from left-hander Matt Moore. All five beats that collided with Moore reached base – four strikes and a walk. … Choi was easily thrown to finish third when attempting a double on a ball that bounced off the wall to the left. It was the 23rd place in the MLB for Tampa Bay, made at bases this season.
Rays: SS Wander Franko came out after a single in the ninth, replaced by a pinch runner after a hard turn and a careful return to first base.
Rangers: Universal INF / OF Brad Miller was put on a 10-day IL with a right hip hit. He was removed from Sunday’s game in Auckland with tension in his hip.
Rangers left-hander Martin Perez (3-2) has allowed no more than one earned run in each of the last seven starts and is leading in major tournaments with an 1.60 ERA. He did not give up the home run in 59 1/3 innings, which was the longest active series in major tournaments since last season. Last July 30, Tampa Bay hit three Homer from Perez when he was exhibiting for Boston.
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