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Three up, three down from Rangers’ series-opening win over Astros

(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)


ARLINGTON — Several players could be recognized for making the play Monday night for the Texas Rangers, but manager Chris Woodward instead highlighted an area of the team — the guys who came off the bench in the seventh inning.

Willie Calhoun delivered a pinch-hit double to start what proved to be a go-ahead two-run rally. He tagged and went to third as the next batter, pinch-hitter Kole Calhoun, sent a flyball to right field. With the Houston Astros hoping to cut down the potential tying run at home, Marcus Semien delivered a single through the drawn-in infield and Corey Seager knocked in Semien two batters later.

“Credit to the guys on the bench,” Woodward said. “They’ve been doing it all year. … That won us the game.”

The Rangers added three more runs in the eighth en route to a 6-2 victory to open a seven-game homestand. Willie Calhoun was one of the three who scored after he reached on a bloop single.

He was also one of four players with two hits, joining Seager, Nathaniel Lowe and the first player below in three up, three down.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. Chev Chelios April 26, 2022

    Fun game last night, FWIW I think the elements are beneficial for guys like Solak and Miller who frankly, need the practice in the OF


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