The Rangers won back-to-back games for the first time since June 27-28, and won two consecutive games on the road for the first time since June 13-14.
- Nick Tepesch fell just one out shy of a quality start Wednesday.
Despite allowing seven baserunners, Tepesch faced only three more than the minimum number of hitters in his 5.2 innings of work. Four of those runners were erased on the basepaths -- one caught stealing and three on double plays.
The big righty recorded 47 percent ground balls Wednesday according to Fangraphs, a step up from his season 37.5 percent ground ball rate.
'Once again it started with the pitching Tepesch went out there and was able to keep them off balance and execute his pitches,' manager Ron Washington told Fox Sports Southwest's Emily Jones.
Tepesch skipped a start after taking himself out of his last outing with a sore knee and hadn't pitched in 10 days. Manager Ron Washington said before Wednesday's game that Tepesch would be on an 80-85 pitch limit.
Tepesch pitch count by inning Wednesday: 21, 12, 7, 13, 7, 19
- Elvis Andrus extended his hit streak to 13 games with a first-inning single against Chris Sale. The single was Andrus' first against Sale, as he came into the game 0-for-15 lifetime against the Chicago lefty.
He went 2-for-2 with a walk against Sale Wednesday.
- Neftali Feliz recorded his fourth save, and it looked a little different Wednesday. Feliz was throwing his fastball primarily 94-95 mph, and touched 96 on the final pitch of the game.
'He attacked them, the first couple pitches he was little over amped and was up in the zone,' Washington said.
His average velocity this season has been in the low-90s.
Feliz lighting up the radar gun is nothing but a good sign for the Rangers, whose closer role is up for grabs in 2015. If Feliz can return to his lights-out, flame-throwing ways from 2010-11, the outlook on the late innings will improve drastically for a club looking for pitching answers.