Another short outing from Martin Perez, a three home run game from the Rockies, and a lack of offensive production from the Rangers all contributed to the 8-2 loss the Rangers suffered in Colorado Monday night.
Perez lasted only five innings, in which he gave up five runs and two homers. It’s been a rough couple games for Perez, who has a 12.10 ERA in his past two starts. Perez started the season strong, and was named the Rangers player of the month for April, but lately, he’s had some issues with his control.
“When he made pitches over the plate, they didn’t miss” said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “They’re swinging the bat and when he made a mistake, they would make him pay for it.”
The Rockies first home run would come in the second, as Nolan Arenado hit a two-run blast to left field, and extended his hitting streak to twenty-five. With bases loaded and no outs in the third, they would go up 3-0 over the Rangers before a stellar defensive play from Josh Wilson prevented any more runs from scoring.
Troy Tulowitzki, the National League player of the month, had a pair of two-run homers of his own in the fifth and seventh innings. One homer was off Perez while the other was off Shawn Tolleson. The performance from Tulowitzki tonight was exactly what you would expect from the MLB batting average leader.
“I missed a couple pitches, especially to Tulowitzki” said Perez after the game. “There was one fastball that I knew I missed and he hit that pitch. He’s a good hitter. They’re all good hitters. They hit the ball, and they win.”
In the eighth, Rockies starting pitcher Jordan Lyles would single, and then score off a sac fly from Drew Stubbs, giving Colorado one more insurance run that they wouldn’t need.
The Rangers' first run came in the sixth, when Shin-Soo Choo led off the inning with a double, but was able to reach third on an error from Rockies center fielder Drew Stubbs. A groundout from Josh Wilson allowed Choo to score, and Lyles’ shutout was put to an end.
An insignificant ninth-inning rally would give the Rangers their second run, after an RBI single from Mitch Moreland, who was pinch hitting for Robinson Chirinos, scored Adrian Beltre.
Consequently, it was a great start for Lyles, who was 0-6 vs Texas during his time with the Houston Astros. Lyles nearly pitched a complete game, but was removed in the ninth inning after giving up a single to Beltre. The eight complete innings he did pitch, however, were pretty impressive.
“You have to give him credit” said Wash. “He moved his fastball around, he had a good cutter tonight, he threw his slider, and he got ahead of the hitters, and he was able to put them away.”
The Rangers will have to deal with the high altitude of Colorado for one more game before returning to Arlington this Wednesday. Tomorrow’s game is slated to begin at 7:40 p.m. CT.