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The Rangers have shuffled their bullpen since Gibson’s last start. Jonathan Hernandez has become the eighth-inning setup man ahead of closer Rafael Montero, who earned his first save on Friday by striking out Mike Trout to cap a 4-3 victory.
“It’s huge,” Rangers third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa said after Friday’s win. “Any time you can swing momentum upward, it’s a big deal, especially coming off that road trip, coming home and being comfortable means a lot.”
The Rangers made use of a rare four-base error to beat Los Angeles 7-3 on Sunday.
A ball hit by Nick Solak in the fifth inning popped out of the glove of Angels rookie outfielder Jo Adell and over the fence. Solak was originally credited with a home run until the official scorer checked with the Elias Sports Bureau.
It brought to mind Jose Canseco who, 27 years ago while playing for the Rangers, had a ball hit off the top of his head and over the wall. That was scored a home run.
“I think I deserve a home run for sure,” said Solak, who still had two hits and scored three runs. “You know, you think like the Canseco play, I don’t even know how that was scored, hopefully a home run.
“But as a hitter I’m always kind of, if I was a scorer, I’d always err on the side of giving guys more hits. But that’s me personally, so I don’t know.”
The Mariners, who are opening an eight-game trip, will send rookie right-hander Justin Dunn (0-1, 6.43 ERA) to the mound in search of his first major league victory. Dunn will be making his first appearance against the Rangers.