There was no controversy on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas as Nick Tepesch silenced the Tampa Bay Rays and gets the win in his major league debut by the score of 6-1. The 24 year old right hander mesmerized the Rays batters only allowing a run on four hits through 8 1/3 innings of work to gain his first career major league win.
While Tepesch was in control for the entire outing mixing his pitches and keeping the Rays batters off balance, Tampa Bay did manage to get the first tally of the game in the third inning off the Blue Springs, Missouri native.
Following a Desmond Jennings leadoff double and a sacrifice by Matt Joyce moving Jennings to third, Ben Zobrist knocked in the only run of the game for Tampa Bay grounding out to first base. Tepesch retired the next 14 Rays batters he faced wrapping his night up in the Rays half of the eighth inning.
Although the line score of six runs on eight hits may look bad for Roberto Hernandez, it was a quality outing for the right hander. The Rangers took the lead in the bottom of the third inning on a Lance Berkman bloop single to short center field scoring two giving Texas the 2-1 lead.
Texas added two more runs in the fifth inning as Elvis Andrus knocked in Leonys Martin to make it 3-1 Texas. Adrian Beltre added an RBI with a ground out to second base scoring Andrus and making it 4-1 Texas. Andrus drove in his second RBI of the game in the Texas half of the seventh inning on a short ground out near home plate scoring Martin again giving the Rangers a 5-1 advantage. The Rangers scoring their sixth run on a James Loney error in the same frame.
Tepesch gets the win pitching 7 1/3 innings allowing a run on four hits and striking out five. The top three of the Rangers lineup (Kinsler, Andrus, Berkman) finished the game 6-11 with two runs scored and four RBI.
The Rays will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon as Matt Moore goes against Rangers’ ace Derek Holland. You can catch the action on 620am WDAE beginning at 1:00pm.