Trio home runs in first 3 innings help Rangers beat Tigers

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ARLINGTON, Texas (TSWT/TSWT) — Nathaniel Lowe, Ezequiel Duran and Mark Mathias homered in the first three innings, with the Texas Rangers beating the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Friday night.

Adolis García extended his hit streak to 22 games for Texas, taking on Toronto slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. the longest matched in the American League this season. García reached on a dribbler down the third baseline in the third inning.

Lowe hit a 447-foot solo shot into midfield in the first that cleared the batter’s eye for his career-high 21st home run of the season. Duran launched a three-run homer to the left in the second. Mathias added a two-run, opposite-field drive into the Texas bullpen at center right in the third in his first three-hit game of his career.

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The Rangers have won six of their last eight games and are 7-4 under interim manager Tony Beasley, who replaced Chris Woodward on August 15.

Riley Greene went 3 for 5 for the Tigers with four RBI’s, including a two-run homerun in the ninth.

Glenn Otto (6-8) gave up four runs in five innings for Texas. He had a 1.99 ERA in his previous four starts.

Tyler Alexander (3-8) gave up all seven Rangers runs on eight hits in three innings. Alexander, who returned to the rotation at the end of July, is 3-16 as a starter over four seasons.

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Jose Leclerc gave up Greene’s homer, but stranded the potential tying run at first base. He struckout three batters and earned his second save.

Lowe’s home run was left-to-left. He came into play as the Major Leagues best lefthanded batter against lefthanded pitching this season, hitting .336.

Lowe walked 2 for 3 and hit .362 since the All-Star break.

Leody Taveras had an RBI single for Texas in the third inning before Mathias’ homer made it 7-2.

TRAINERS ROOM

Rangers: LHP Cole Ragans (left calf strain) was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to Tuesday.

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RHP Jon Gray (left oblique trunk) is expected to return this season, but with adjusted innings.

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LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-7, 8.53 ERA) will make his Rangers-debut on Saturday-evening after being selected from Triple-A Round Rock. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner was named to command by the Chicago White Sox after eight starts and again by Arizona on July 20 after four starts. He will face Tigers LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (2-3, 3.89), who returned last Sunday after personal off-field problems sidelined him since mid-May and threw five shutout innings to defeat the Los Angeles Angels.

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