36-year-old Pat Neshek has made a living off his sinker-slider combo pitch. Neshek is coming off a year where he pitched 47 innings with a 3.06 earned run average and an 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
The gap between Gallo's average and slugging percentage just keeps growing, as he's now slugging .577 while hitting only .211 for a league-leading .366 isolated power. Gallo has 14 hits in 14 games this month and 10 of them have left the yard.
Andrus broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning with his 16th home run of the season and drove in two more runs with a single one inning later before adding another RBI single in the seventh. The veteran shortstop has made great advancements in the power department, already doubling last season's previous best of eight long balls in 32 fewer games while blowing his career .368 slugging percentage out of the water with a .483 mark. That extra pop hasn't come at the cost of his trademark speed, as Andrus' steal was his 23rd.
Beltre continues to pummel the ball at Globe Life Park in Arlington, and is now hitting .378 at home compared to .244 on the road. His two-run homer was the last at-bat against starter Anibal Sanchez before the right-hander exited with hamstring tightness, opening up the floodgates for a Texas lineup that ultimately came away with 12 runs.
Mazara erased a 2-0 deficit with one swing in the second inning before adding an RBI single in the sixth. The 22-year-old outfielder has driven in runs with more regularity of late, accruing 20 RBI in the past 18 games after totaling just 57 RBI over his first 90.
Mahtook took Cole Hamels deep in the third inning, tying his career high of nine home runs set as a rookie in 2015. The center fielder has been surprisingly effective at the plate of late, launching three homers in his past seven games while coming away with multiple hits in eight of his past 12 despite failing to do so here.
Kinsler did all his damage against starter Cole Hamels, reaching base all four times they faced off. The second baseman led off the game with a home run, promptly reminding the team he hit 156 homers with between 2006 and 2013 of his power. He also came around to score on a Mikie Mahtook long ball after walking in the third and added a steal in the fifth.
Hamels should buy his offense a Texas-sized steak dinner after this one, as the Rangers' bats erased two-run deficits in both the second and third innings before nudging ahead for good with a run in the fifth and pulling away with four in the sixth. Command was a major issue for Hamels, who walked a season-high five batters while also allowing multiple home runs in a game for just the second time in 15 starts. He excelled at damage control, though, using a timely pickoff to wriggle out of trouble after the Tigers had runners at first and third with one out in the third inning and later escaping unscathed after they loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. Hamels' next start is scheduled for Monday against an Angels team that he's limited to one run over 14.2 innings in two meetings this season.
Springer once again excelled at setting the table out of the leadoff spot, pushing his OBP to .380 while raising his season run total to 86 in his 100th game. The 2011 first-rounder has been mired in a serious power slump by his lofty standards with just one homer in the past 19 games and remains one shy of last year's career-high 29.
Reddick capped the scoring for the home side with a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning after previously driving in a run with a single in the fourth. The home run was only his 12th of the season, but Reddick does have 40 extra-base hits and a .475 slugging percentage. He came in with just two RBI in his previous 15 games, so this was a much-needed effort for the veteran outfielder.
Beltran drove in both of his runs against starter Taijuan Walker, taking him deep for a solo shot in the second inning before adding a sac fly in the third. The switch-hitting veteran has provided some pop out of the DH spot with 14 home runs and 23 doubles.
Martinez has turned into an-all-or nothing slugger since being traded to Arizona in mid-July, mashing eight home runs in 24 games en route to a .595 slugging percentage but batting just .238. He also struck out once in this one, giving him 20 whiffs in the past 17 games.
Lackey had won each of his past five outings with a 3.42 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 during that stretch, so this was another strong outing for the veteran. After all, he worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the first inning with just the lone run surrendered. Lackey's underwhelming 5.49 FIP shouldn't be ignored, and it's not out of the question to considering fading him in daunting matchups. However, his current form is encouraging, and with the Cubs in contention, it appears the veteran is in line to finish the season strong. Lackey projects to make his next start against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
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