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Rangers Take Series From Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers wrapped up their three-game series from PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon.  With each team winning a game, this was a chance for Pittsburgh to get a series win.  Texas would jump on the board early, and then then thwart aside any chance of a Pirates rally to hold onto a 3-2 victory.

The Rangers scored all three of their runs in the first inning.  Marcus Semien hit a solo home run to left.  That was followed by Josh Jung driving in Nathaniel Lowe on a double to left center.  Jonah Heim closed out the scoring when he plated Adolis Garcia on a fielder’s choice.  Pittsburgh would start a rally in the second, but come up short.  A Jack Suwinski ground out would bring home Carlos SantanaConnor Joe then scored on a Jason Delay single to center.

Johan Oviedo pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  He would throw an immaculate inning in the fourth.  Robert Stephenson collected the final out of the sixth via strikeout, before being lifted for Rob Zastryzny in the seventh.  He would allow one hit over 2/3 of an inning.  Dauri Moreta worked 1.1 innings, striking out two batters.  The ninth belonged to Colin Holderman and he gave up one hit, with a walk and a strikeout.

Texas sent Martin Perez to the bump and he would pitch seven strong innings.  During that time, he allowed two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.  Jose Leclerc pickup up a hold after pitching a 1/3 of an inning, allowing two hits and walking one.  Will Smith earned his ninth save of the year after 1.2 innings on the bump, striking out two batters.

After earning a series win over the Washington Nationals at the end of April, this marks the seventh consecutive series that the Pirates have not won.  They will have a day off on Thursday before hitting the road for a six-game road trip.  The first three of those games will take place against the Seattle Mariners. Game one is set for Friday at 10:10pm.

Record vs. Rangers:  1-2

Record vs. American League:  9-14

Record at Home:  12-13

Overall Record:  25-24

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.