EditorsNote: Corrects a few small stats, adds quotes from Trevino
Rookie catcher Jose Trevino, playing in only his third major league game, flared a pinch-hit single to left field to score two runs and cap the Rangers’ four-run ninth inning as Texas won a see-saw game 13-12 over the Colorado Rockies at Globe Life Park on Sunday.
The Rockies appeared to ice the game with two-run home run from Trevor Story, his 15th of the season, in the top of the ninth off Rangers reliever Jesse Chavez (3-1), who instead got the win.
But Colorado closer Wade Davis was wild from the outset of the bottom of the ninth. He walked four batters, including Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo to force in runs. Trevino, just called up from the minors on Friday, then singled on a full-count pitch from Davis (0-2), who blew his fourth save of the season.
Trevino — whose family, including his week-old son, was at the game — was very emotional in an interview on the Rangers’ broadcast afterward. When asked what it meant to him to have the winning hit on Father’s Day, he paused for a long time, holding back tears.
“My dad,” he finally said, then pausing again before adding, “I wish he was here. I knew he was going to help me out there.”
Earlier, the Rockies’ Gerardo Parra hit a bases-loaded double in a five-run seventh inning. That rally came after the Rangers had scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-5 lead.
Texas trailed 10-6 before scoring three runs in the seventh inning off Rockies relievers Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw, the runs scoring on two groundouts and then a double by Jurickson Profar, who earlier hit a three-run home run to give the Rangers a short-lived 6-5 lead.
The Rangers were down 5-1 when Profar’s homer capped their five-run outburst in the sixth inning, finishing off Colorado right-hander Jon Gray, who overpowered the Rangers for five innings, striking out nine while allowing just one run on three hits. Six of his strikeouts were consecutive, all swinging, between the second and fourth innings.
The Rangers scored their first run of the inning on a throwing error and the second on Nomar Mazara’s second run-scoring single of the game, which cut the lead to 5-3.
The inning also included a single by Shin-Soo Choo, extending his streak of reaching base to 31 straight games, the longest current streak in the majors.
Rangers relievers Alex Claudio and Jose Leclerc couldn’t hold the lead in the seventh, however.
The Rockies got a single and a double to lead off the inning, before Charlie Blackmon dove into first base to beat out an infield hit to drive in the first run, tying the game. Nolan Arenado singled to take a 7-6 lead before Parra cleared the bases with his double.
LeMahieu opened the game with a home run off Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo, the 12-year veteran whose last effective season was with the Rangers in 2015. He entered Sunday with an ERA of 30.86 covering 2 1/3 innings of relief appearances early in the season with the Cincinnati Reds.
Gallardo lasted five innings, giving up five runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Gray, an Oklahoma native making his first-ever appearance against the Rangers, went five-plus innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits, with one walk.
Profar drove in four runs and Mazara three for the Rangers. They each had two of Texas’ 10 hits.
Parra had three hits and drove in four runs for the Rockies, who finished with 15 hits but also made two errors that factored into Rangers runs.
—Field Level Media