ARLINGTON -- Rangers’ starting pitcher Martin Perez dazzled in his encore performance, allowing six hits and no runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Adrian Beltre ended the Rangers' 19-game drought of no first inning runs with a broken bat single to left field that scored Elvis Andrus. The run would prove to be the only one allowed by Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto, whose night was cut short after 1-plus innings and 29 pitches because of tightness in his back. Tony Cingrani entered the game in relief, but immediately struggled with his control. The southpaw walked in two consecutive runs with the bases loaded, allowing Texas to go up 3-0.
Perez made only 79 pitches in 6 2/3 innings of work, due in large part to the Rangers’ defensive effort. Rookie Jurickson Profar, starting at shortstop, made two plays that drew loud cheers from the crowd. Beltre also did his part, turning a nifty double play to end the fifth. When Perez was pulled in the sixth, Jason Frasor escaped the 2-out bases loaded jam, getting catcher Devin Mesoraco to ground out to shortstop. Robbie Ross pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
The win was Texas’ eighth in its last nine games.
-- Christian Clark