July 31, 2018 / 6:05 AM / 19 days ago

Rangers turn out lights on Diamondbacks

EditorsNote: fixes “Diamondbacks” in sixth graf

Rougned Odor homered leading off the seventh inning Monday night to snap a tie and lift the Texas Rangers to a 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in a back-and-forth game interrupted by a power outage at Phoenix’s Chase Field.

Shin-Soo Choo hit a pair of homers for the Rangers, who have won four straight since a nine-game stretch in which they went 1-8. The Diamondbacks had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Eduardo Escobar’s first-inning sacrifice fly gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead and stood as the game’s only run until the fifth, when Choo and Arizona’s Steven Souza Jr. swapped three-run homers.

The Rangers regained the lead during the eventful sixth inning. Robinson Chirinos laced a game-tying, one-out single off Yoshihisa Hirano. Jorge De La Rosa replaced Hirano and retired Joey Gallo on a popout, then was in the midst of a 3-2 battle with Delino DeShields when the lights went out due to a heavy wind storm.

The game resumed a little more than 21 minutes later, and it took the Rangers just three pitches to go ahead. DeShields walked before pinch hitter Willie Calhoun delivered an RBI single.

Escobar tied the game again in the bottom of the sixth with a run-scoring single off Matt Moore. However, Choo homered on the first pitch he saw from Matt Andriese (3-5), and Jurickson Profar added an RBI single later in the seventh.

Choo homered off Andriese in the eighth, and DeShields added an RBI single in the ninth. Chirinos finished with three hits and a stolen base while Elvis Andrus had two hits for Texas.

Eddie Butler (2-1) got the final out of the sixth for the win. Three relievers combined to two-hit the Diamondbacks the rest of the way, though closer Keone Kela did not pitch as his trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates was announced once the game concluded.

Escobar, Jon Jay and Ketel Marte had two hits each for the Diamondbacks.

Rangers starter Martin Perez allowed four runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings. Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray gave up four runs on two hits and four walks while striking out six over 5 1/3 innings.

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