Rangers earn sweep with 8-4 win over Phillies, win ninth straight

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rangers won another come from behind victory as they blasted the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

It is the ninth consecutive victory for the Rangers and puts them at 22-20 on the season. The nine-game winning streak is the longest in Major League Baseball.

The Phillies got on the board first with a Maikel Franco sacrifice fly that allowed Michael Saunders to score in the top of the second and establish a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Phillies extended their lead with a Franco solo shot home run to center field to take a 2-0 lead.

Texas responded in the bottom of the fifth inning when catcher Robinson Chirinos hit an RBI single that allowed Shin Soo-Choo to score and chip into the Phillies’ lead 2-1.

Rougned Odor then hit an RBI single of his own to send Nomar Mazara across the plate and tie the game 2-2.

Ryan Rua then blasted a three-run homer to clear the bases and allow Odor and Chirinos to score and give the Rangers a 5-2 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Rangers continued with the onslaught as Elvis Andrus hit an RBI double to Jared Hoying and give Texas a 6-2 lead.

Mazara then hit an RBI single that drove home Choo and Andrus and gave the Rangers an 8-2 lead.

In the top of the ninth, the Phillies rally consisted of a two-run dinger by Tommy Joseph that also scored Aaron Altherr, but it wasn’t enough as the Rangers came away with the 8-4 victory.

Martin Perez went seven innings for the Rangers and hurled eight strikeouts, allowing just five hits and two runs to get the win and go 2-5 on the season. Alex Claudio spelled him for an inning before Jeremy Jeffress took the mound for an out in the top of the ninth inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Matt Bush closed out the final two outs.

Texas now embarks on a nine-game road trip starting Friday with stops in Detroit, Boston, and Toronto.

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