8:05 PM ET, August 14, 2013
Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
The Rangers used six walks and only one extra-base hit in a come-from-behind 5-4 victory, their 14th win in 16 games.
"We never feel like we're out of the game -- we play all nine innings," said Ian Kinsler, who, along with Andrus, finished with two hits and a pair of RBIs.
The AL West-leading Rangers were 7-40 when trailing after six innings before a three-run rally that began in the seventh. Andrus had an RBI single to snap an 0-for-13 skid and Kinsler a two-run single that turned a two-run deficit into a lead for Texas.
"You can't ask for more than that. [Tuesday] night I got in the same situation and hit the ball right at a guy," Kinsler said. "Tonight I was able to find a hole."
While Rangers starter Matt Garza gave up eight hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings -- his shortest start since arriving in Texas -- Neal Cotts, Jason Frasor (4-2), Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan combined to shut down the Brewers.
Nathan notched his 36th save in 38 tries.
Milwaukee's usually reliable bullpen fell apart in that seventh after Brewers right-hander Tyler Thornburg gave up one earned run in six innings, receiving a no-decision for the third time in three starts.
"They've been doing such a good job that when they don't, it's surprising," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Walking the bases loaded is a tough thing to do when you're up a couple of runs, but those guys aren't perfect."
Milwaukee's Juan Francisco homered twice and drove in four runs.
And Martin, the Rangers center fielder, and third baseman Jurickson Profar hooked up twice for impressive putouts that stalled Milwaukee scoring chances.
In the first inning, Martin threw out Jean Segura as Profar stretched out for the catch and made the tag just as Segura was sliding into Profar's foot.
In the sixth, Profar came a foot off the bag to his left then reached down quickly to tag Carlos Gomez for the out. Martin has a team-leading 10 outfield assists this season, which is tied for first in the American League.
"Those were as good of throws as I've seen an outfielder make this year," Roenicke said. "He threw out our fastest runners. When we're taking off, we don't think he's going to be able to throw us out, but his throws were perfect."
The Rangers started off the scoring as Kinsler made it 1-0 after Adrian Beltre singled. They led 2-1 when David Murphy led off the third by reaching first on an error, moving to second on a balk then scoring on Andrus' single past a diving Scooter Gennett.
Francisco hit a 428-foot homer in the second. His second long ball was a three-run shot and gave Milwaukee at 4-2 lead in the fourth inning.
It was Francisco's second multihomer game, the previous coming April 16 when he was playing for the Braves against Kansas City.
The game was delayed 37 minutes. Tuesday's game was delayed 42 minutes.
RHP Alexi Ogando had a CT scan on his right shoulder Wednesday after complaining of soreness following Tuesday's start. Ogando (5-4) pitched 6 1/3 innings and threw only 73 pitches in the loss. Ogando has been on the DL twice this season, the last time ending on July 23 because of shoulder inflammation. The Rangers acquired LHP Travis Blackley from the Houston Astros for cash considerations before the game. Blackley, who was 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA in 42 relief appearances for the Astros this season, was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. … Aramis Ramirez was in the lineup as designated hitter on Wednesday in his second game back after being out for more than a month with a knee injury.
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 14: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers sign autographs for fans prior to the start of the...(Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||A Beltre singled to center, I Kinsler scored.||0||1|
|2nd||J Francisco homered to center (422 feet).||1||1|
|3rd||E Andrus singled to center, D Murphy scored.||1||2|
|4th||J Francisco homered to right (393 feet), A Ramirez and C Gomez scored.||4||2|
|7th||E Andrus singled to left, C Gentry scored, J Profar to third, J Baker to second.||4||3|
|7th||I Kinsler singled to left, J Profar and J Baker scored, E Andrus to second.||4||5|
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|Stadium||Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX|
|Attendance||37,729 (78.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||80 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Bob Davidson, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - James Hoye|
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