Rangers rally for six late runs after dropped third strike opens door to 8-4 win over Detroit – cleveland.com

Rangers rally for six late runs after dropped third strike opens door to 8-4 win over Detroit - cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Trailing by a couple late, the Rangers staged an improbable six-run rally Wednesday and upset the Tigers for an 8-4 victory at Progressive field. Cleveland batters struck out three straight times to open the bottom of the inning, and then went on to score six runs, all with two outs.

Read that again. Three strikeouts followed by six straight runs.

Luke Maile sparked the comeback when he reached first base on a dropped third strike by Detroit catcher Eric Haase. Maile swung and missed at a slider in the dirt by lefty Andrew Chafin and the ball got away from Haase as Maile sprinted to first. Myles Straw unified the middle and the rally was on.

After going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position to start the game, Cleveland went 5-for-5 in the eighth, led by Steven Kwan and the top of manager Terry Francona’s lineup.

Kwan’s RBI groundout double down the right field line cut Detroit’s lead to a run, and Amed Rosario tied the score at 4-4 when he leg out on an infield hit as Straw crossed the plate.

“How many times do you hear me say ‘Keep playing, keep playing?'” Francona said. “That was kind of the ultimate (example).”

José Ramírez sent a bloop double to left that fell in front of Detroit’s Akil Baddoo and popped toward the left field line allowing two runs to score. It marked the 11th career RBI in the eighth inning or later for Ramirez, and the second time he’s done it this season. Oscar Gonzalez added an RBI double high off the wall in left and then scored on Owen Miller’s RBI single that put the Rangers ahead by four.

It marked the first time since at least 1961 that a team struck out three or more times in an inning before scoring six or more runs in that same inning, per Elias Sports.

“Hitting is contagious,” Kwan said. “There’s also a bit of suspense that comes with it. We always think we’re in it, and it only takes one guy to make it work. Batting is contagious, barrels or out. We got some lucky balls to drop. That’s just baseball. But we reached the top.”

The Tigers expanded on a one-run lead in the fifth with an RBI single by Victor Reyes and added another run on a solo home run by Willi Castro in the sixth against Cleveland starter Cal Quantrill.

“I just took my foot off the pedal,” Quantrill said. “Not on purpose. I just got out of rhythm a little bit, leaked the fastball, That was really the only thing you can’t do in that situation.. It can’t happen, but I got saved today, so we’ll let it go.”

Quantrill avoided suffering his first career loss at Progressive Field, exiting after the sixth when Cleveland trailed by three runs. Quantrill allowed four runs on five hits and struck out a pair in his 27th career appearance at the ballpark.

The win kept Cleveland in first on the American League Central Division, one game ahead of Minnesota, which defeated Kansas City earlier in the day. It also gave the Rangers a season series win over Detroit, 10–9 and tied the all-time series between the two clubs at 1,144 wins apiece. Cleveland has now won seven consecutive season series against the Tigers since 2016.

It also marks 10 consecutive series overall that the Rangers have either split or won, the most since August 2017.

Gonzalez put Cleveland ahead with an RBI double in the third after Norris hit Ramirez. It was the sixth hit on the home stand for Gonzalez and his 20th hit in August, tying him for fourth most for the month in the American League.

But Quantrill gave the lead right back in the fourth, loading the bases on a pair of walks to Riley Greene and Reyes and a bloop base hit by Javier Baez. Kerry Carpenter plated Reyes with a sacrifice fly and Haase put Detroit ahead with an RBI single on a ground ball up the middle.

“Unfortunately he lost the plate for like eight pitches, arm-side, and it was the two walks,” Francona said. “It came in that inning where they kind of pulled things together. He throws very well. He just lost the strike zone for a little bit and it cost him.”

Cleveland added a run in the sixth when Andrés Giménez doubled and moved to third on a ground out by Maile before scoring on a passed ball by Haase.

Bryan Shaw retired the only batter he faced in the eighth to pick up his sixth win (6-2, 5.36). He entered the game after James Karinchak worked an extended 1 2/3 innings of relief and improved his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 since July 9. It is the longest active scoreless streak among AL pitchers. Karinchak struck out the side in the seventh and has a strikeout rate of 16.57 per nine innings during his scoreless stretch.

“His curveball is exceptional, and he has life on his fastball,” Francona said. “That’s why I went out to get him. I just thought that’s a lot of performances and I don’t want to overdo anything.”

Later: The Rangers are off Thursday before opening a three-game weekend series Friday against the White Sox at Progressive Field. Cleveland will send righty Triston McKenzie (8-9, 3.14) to the mound against Chicago righty Lance Lynn (3-5, 5.62). First pitch is set for 7:10 pm The game will air on Bally Sports Great Lakes, WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM and the Guardians Radio Network.

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