ARLINGTON, Texas -- Robinson Chirinos greeted Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Josh Ravin with a solo home run over the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth to give the Texas Rangers a 3-2 win Tuesday night before 31,897 at Globe Life Park.
The game lacked much in the way of offense until the ninth. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tied it at 2-2 with one out in the ninth on a two-run home run into the left-field stands off Rangers rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez. Turner's blast, estimated at 384 feet, left Gonzalez with nothing to show for eight innings of shutout work. Only once did the Dodgers get a runner to second base off Gonzalez (3-1).
Like Gonzales, Dodgers starter Brett Anderson did not factor in the decision despite checking Texas on two runs and eight hits in eight innings. Texas (35-30) scored in the first on a bases-loaded walk by Joey Gallo. An infield hit by Prince Fielder in the fifth accounted for the second run.
Joc Pederson had two hits for Los Angeles (37-28).
What it means: With their fourth walk-off win of the season, the Rangers swept the two-game series. Texas' stretch of excellent starting pitching continued, as did the Dodgers' recent run-scoring woes. Gonzalez, making his fourth major league start, extended the Rangers' club record for consecutive quality starts to 12.
Streaking: Mitch Moreland's single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games, but he lost a potential RBI when Fielder, attempting to score from second base, fell on his stomach rounding third. Fielder’s pratfall produced laughter in both dugouts.
Defensive gems: Yasiel Puig covered a lot of ground to haul in Chirinos' deep fly to the right-field warning track with the bases loaded in the first. ... Pederson made a similar full-speed dash to the center-field warning track to glove Shin-Soo Choo's drive for the final out of the second inning. ... Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus corralled a tricky hop and showed a strong arm to retire Puig by a step to end the Dodgers’ third. ... Kyle Blanks charged and then went to his knees to make a sliding catch on Alex Guerrero in the fifth. ... Andrus dazzled again in the seventh, retreating to make a diving catch, denying Andre Ethier of a base hit.
Turning two: Because of a defensive shift, Dodgers third baseman Turner got a chance to turn a double play in the third inning. Turner, pulled over behind second base for Fielder, took a flip from shortstop Jimmy Rollins and made a strong throw to first despite a hard slide from Andrus.
Hot under the helmet: Pederson symbolized the Dodgers' offensive frustrations of late when he grabbed his batting helmet and banged it to the ground after fanning with two on base to end the fifth.
Up next: The Dodgers and Rangers continue the home-and-home series in Los Angeles on Wednesday. In a matchup of left-handers, Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 3.21 ERA) will be opposed by Wandy Rodriguez (3-2, 3.03 ERA).