Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Texas0 0 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 8110
Arizona0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 590
  W: J. Cotton (1-0)   L: L. Weaver (3-4)   S: J. Barlow (4)
12:40 PM PT1:40 PM MT2:40 PM CT3:40 PM ET15:40 ET19:40 GMT3:40 12:40 PM MST2:40 PM EST3:10 PM VEN23:40 UAE1:40 PM CT, September 8, 2021
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 6,354

Rangers aim for two-game sweep of D-backs

According to STATS
According to STATS

Texas Rangers at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Rangers and Diamondbacks split a pair at Globe Life Field on July 27-28 with both games decided by one run. In both 2019 and 2020, the D-Backs won the season series three games to one. Texas has not won the season series with Arizona since 2012 (2-1).
  2. The Rangers have won five of their last eight overall. They have won their last two games, and both were on the road. It marks just the third time this season that Texas has won two or more away games in a row and the first time since May 4-6 (three straight).
  3. The Diamondbacks were swept in a three-game series with the Mariners at home, and they have lost eight of their last nine games. Arizona is tied with Baltimore for the most losses in the major leagues (93). They have only had 100 losses once in team history (since 1998) when they had 111 in 2004.
  4. Nathaniel Lowe is hitting .365 (19/52) with nine runs scored in his last 14 games. Lowe went 4-for-7 with three RBI in the two games against the Diamondbacks this season. His nine RBI against interleague opponents this season are tied for the team lead with Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
  5. David Peralta is hitting .364 (24/66) over his last 22 games with at least one hit in 18 of those 22 games. Peralta has just one home run in 13 career games against the Rangers and that came in his most recent game against them, on July 28 in Texas.
  6. Spencer Howard is making his first start since August 19 due to a positive Covid test and a rehab stint in the minors. He is 0-1 in three starts with Texas. Zac Gallen has eight losses in 18 starts this season after having eight losses in 27 career starts entering this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/7/2021 thru 9/8/2021

There might be reason for cautious optimism around the Texas Rangers, who conclude a two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday in Phoenix.

The Rangers have won three straight and six of their past nine games, and their pitching has led the surge.

Texas boasts a promising collection of young pitchers, including A.J. Alexy, Dane Dunning, Taylor Hearn, Kolby Allard, Spencer Howard and Glenn Otto. Alexy who has tossed 11 scoreless innings and allowed two hits in his first two starts.

The string of strong pitching performances continued Tuesday, when Howard and veteran Jordan Lyles combined to allow just three hits in a 3-1 victory over Arizona.

"We're going to have some competition coming into next year's camp," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "A lot of these guys are earning jobs. It just speaks volumes about the organization itself and how we're developing our pitchers.

"If I was a fan, I'd be really excited about what the near future holds."

The Rangers (50-88) look to carry their momentum into Wednesday's matchup against Arizona, which has lost four straight and owns the worst record in the National League at 45-94.

The D-backs will turn to Luke Weaver (3-3, 4.11 ERA), who impressed last Wednesday in his first start since May 16 after being sidelined due to shoulder inflammation.

The 28-year-old right-hander allowed one run on four hits over six innings during an 8-3 win over the San Diego Padres. He struck out three with no walks while throwing 79 pitches.

"Everything seemed to be working for him," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "It just was clicking. He stood on his fastball from time to time, and he knew where everything was going. Good to have him back."

Weaver, who will be making his first career appearance against Texas, owns a 1.32 ERA in five home starts this season compared to an 8.20 mark in four outings away from Chase Field.

Texas will counter with rookie Kohei Arihara (2-3, 6.19 ERA), who faced the Colorado Rockies last Wednesday in his first start since May 8.

The 29-year-old right-hander, who had surgery in late May on his pitching shoulder to repair an aneurysm, tossed 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball while throwing 47 pitches.

"My body feels really good, and my stuff was pretty good," Arihara said. "I hope to increase my velo a little bit more throughout the season, but it was good. I'm relieved it's over and I was able to finish it."

Another reason for the Rangers' sense of optimism has been the play of DJ Peters, who went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs on Sunday, then added an RBI singles Monday and Tuesday.

The 25-year-old outfielder, who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 2, is batting .324 (12-for-37) with four homers and 10 RBIs over his past nine games.

Arizona has lost nine of its past 10 games despite the efforts of outfielder David Peralta, who needs one home run to pass Miguel Montero (97) and move into sole possession of eighth place on the Diamondbacks' all-time list.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 8, 2021