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Andrus' Tiebreaking Single Lifts Rangers Over Rockies



    Andrus' Tiebreaking Single Lifts Rangers Over Rockies
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    Starting pitcher Martin Perez #33 of the Texas Rangers delivers to home plate in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies during Interleague play at Coors Field on July 22, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

    Elvis Andrus hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth, and the Texas Rangers bounced back from blowing an early five-run lead to beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 on Wednesday.

    Rougned Odor homered and finished with three hits for the third time in the last six games for the Rangers.

    Carlos Gonzalez and Nick Hundley homered in Colorado's four-run eighth. Gonzalez's three-run shot off Tanner Scheppers (4-1) tied it at 8.

    Odor, who has raised his average 124 points to .268 since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on June 15, led off the ninth with a walk against closer John Axford (2-3). Adrian Beltre singled and one out later pinch-hitter Prince Fielder was intentionally walked.

    Andrus singled to left on drawn-in infield to give the Rangers the lead, and Shawn Tolleson worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save.

    The Rangers led most of the way after a four-run first inning. Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa nearly escaped down 2-0 but first baseman Wilin Rosario inexplicably cut off a strong throw home from Gonzalez and allowed Beltre to score easily without a play at the plate.

    Shin-Soo Choo made it 4-0 with a single, but followed with four strikeouts a day after hitting for the cycle.

    Odor's solo homer in the second, his sixth of the season, made it 5-0. Colorado answered with a run in the bottom of the inning and three more in the fourth to get within a run, but Delino DeShields stole third and scored on an error in the fifth to make it 6-4.

    Odor had an RBI triple in the seventh and scored on a fielder's choice to make it 8-4. He came to bat in the ninth needing a double for the cycle, but his 10-pitch walk sparked the winning rally.

    Gonzalez's home run, his 14th, denied starter Martin Perez his first win in 15 months. Perez missed more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 14, 2014, and returned to take the loss against Houston on Friday.

    He allowed four runs -- three earned -- and walked four.

    DJ LeMahieu had two singles for Colorado to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.


    Rockies: Backup C Michael McKenry did not make his usual start with De La Rosa on Wednesday because of fluid in his right knee. He pinch-hit for De La Rosa in the sixth. Manager Walt Weiss said McKenry should be ready Friday against the Reds.


    Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis (9-4) opens a three-game series in Anaheim on Friday. He is 5-1 with a 4.55 ERA since June 1.

    Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler (3-6) gets his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday, facing Cincinnati on Friday.

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