W – Galarraga (1-1)
SV – Cruceta (1)
HR – Gold (20)
62-62, 2.0 GB
Pitching in his second Triple-A game of the season, Armando Galarraga surrendered only one run in 6 2/3 innings on Friday. He scattered seven hits, walked three, and struck out eight.
First baseman Nate Gold – who was 3-for-4 – hit his 20th home run of the season. He also doubled in the game.
Freddy Guzman walked twice and stole two bases while Victor Diaz was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Righty Ezequiel Astacio fanned three batters in 1 1/3 perfect frames.
W – Schlact (3-0)
SV – Chenard (2)
HR – Murphy (10), Benjamin (8)
31-21, 1.5 GU
Michael Schlact improved to 3-0 in three Double-A starts with six strong innings. He allowed only one run on five hits, walking and fanning two apiece.
Shortstop Casey Benjamin (2/5, HR) and second baseman German Duran (2/4, BB) each had two hits while left fielder Steve Murphy hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.
Emerson Frostad reached three times with a single and two walks.
W – Bumstead (1-0)
SV – Marte (8)
HR – Whittleman (3)
24-30, 8.5 GB
Michael Bumstead was solid in a rehab start, tossing five innings of three-hit, one-run ball. The veteran right-hander walked three and struck out six.
Third baseman John Whittleman went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk.
CF Craig Gentry and SS Elvis Andrus each stole two bases. Gentry was 1-for-3 with two walks while Andrus singled twice in five trips.
Red-hot reliever Josh Giles struck out all three batters he faced. He has not allowed a run since July 20, spanning 11 appearances.
L – Kiker (5-4)
21-32, 13.5 GB
Kasey Kiker turned in another solid effort on Friday, as he gave up two runs over five innings. The southpaw allowed eight hits while walking three and fanning seven.
Facing the rehabbing Sean White, leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon picked up two singles.
Third baseman Wally Backman doubled for Clinton's only other hit of the game.
L – Castillo (3-4)
HR – Gac (14)
26-30, 0.5 GB
Fabio Castillo took a shutout into the sixth inning, but he was unable to finish it off.
When the dust had cleared, Castillo gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He yielded three hits while walking to and punching out four.
Jonathan Greene reached in all five plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a HBP.
DH Ian Gac hit his 14th home run of the year.
W – Turner (2-1)
Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel (3.50 ERA/.220 BAA) struck out eight hitters while permitting only two hits in four shutout frames. The 17-year-old righty has struck out 52 batters in 36 AZL innings this season.
Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre (.286/.359/.464) was 1-for-3 with a triple, his first as a Ranger. He had three triples with the GCL Red Sox.
Cristian Santana (1/2, BB) also tripled while first baseman Michael Ortiz singled twice in three trips.
L – Hoben (2-2)
8-10, 4.0 GB
Reece Creswell (1/3), Julio Gonzalez (1/2), and Bret Story (1/1) had the only hits for the Rangers while Dan Hoben, Yoon-Hee Nam, and Melvin Bryan combined to allow 12 earned runs in only seven innings.
W – Beltre (2-0)
SV – Zapata (1)
Omar Beltre hurled eight shutout innings on Friday, giving up seven hits. He walked none and struck out seven.
Right fielder Ramon Mota had a perfect day at the plate, as he was 1-for-1 with a double, two walks, and two runs batted in.
Left fielder Jhonny Gomez (1/4) had the team's only other extra base hit with a double.