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Freeman’s double helps Braves beat Rangers 5-4 for split

ATLANTA (AP) — Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves last but not least found a way to beat the Texas Rangers.

Freddie Freeman strike a two-run double all through Atlanta’s five-run 2nd inning against Cole Hamels, Teheran pitched all over five walks and the Braves held off a rally to beat the Rangers 5-4 and break up a doubleheader Wednesday evening.

Nomar Mazara had a two-run homer off Teheran in the nightcap for Texas, which won the initial recreation 12-8 behind four hits from Elvis Andrus .

Usually, Teheran (10-11) averted mistakes. He earned his 2nd straight property earn, allowing a few operates, five walks and five hits in five innings.

“Obviously I never want to give in or make a mistake,” Teheran claimed. “… I know five walks is a lot but I did not want to throw the ball over the plate in which they could strike it.”

The Braves took one earn in the a few-recreation sequence.

The Rangers are two online games behind the Twins in the race for the 2nd AL wild card.

Hamels (9-3) gave up five operates, four earned, in 6 innings. After experiencing 10 batters in the 2nd, he permitted only one strike over his following four innings.

“Putting up a five-location is unquestionably not the proper way to go about it,” Hamels claimed. “It’s a rough factor to see from my facet and, I’m absolutely sure, from my teammates.”

Arodys Vizcaino gave up two-out singles to Jared Hoying and Carlos Gomez in the ninth. Vizcaino finished the recreation on Joey Gallo’s fly ball to center for his 10th conserve.

Andrus drove in a few and strike his 20th homer in the initial recreation.

The Rangers finished interleague perform with a 14-5 record, their 11th straight year ending .500 or superior against Nationwide League opponents.

Luiz Gohara (-1), a 21-12 months-previous indigenous of Brazil, permitted 6 operates in four innings in his key league debut for Atlanta.

Gohara missing a 4-2 guide in the fourth, when he was damage by walks to Gallo and Mike Napoli. Brett Nicholas strike an RBI double and pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks followed with a tying two-run triple. Middlebrooks scored on a wild pitch to give Texas a 5-4 guide.

Andrus stole 2nd foundation in the initial inning of the 2nd recreation, supplying him 24, to go with the 20 homers, additional than double his earlier job higher of 8 final year. Jose Altuve and Mike Trout are the only other gamers in the majors with at minimum 20 homers and 20 steals.

“It’s wonderful business, the two finest gamers in the league proper now,” Andrus claimed. “I’m seriously happy of the year I’m obtaining proper now, but it is not about me.”

Also in the opener, Napoli strike a two-run homer for Texas. Matt Kemp and Ender Inciarte strike homers off Rangers starter Miguel Gonzalez, who permitted four operates in a few innings. Inciarte had a few hits.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (5-2) threw a few scoreless innings in relief of Gonzalez.

TRAINER’S Room

Rangers: Mazara left the 2nd recreation with tightness in his left quadriceps.

Braves: C Tyler Bouquets (wrist contusion) could appear off the DL this weekend. … OF-IF Danny Santana was put on the 60-working day DL with a strained left quad. He came off the 10-working day DL on Tuesday in advance of it was established he aggravated the injuries in his small league rehab.

Vacant SEATS

The early afternoon recreation of the doubleheader was scheduled when Tuesday night’s recreation was postponed by rain. There were 19,971 tickets distributed, but it appeared that only a few hundred enthusiasts were in the stands. Introduced attendance for the 2nd recreation was 20,364.

Spotlight Worthy

Braves RF Nick Markakis ran towards the proper-discipline line and made a diving catch of a sinking liner strike by Delino DeShields in the fifth inning of the 2nd recreation.

20-20 TEXAS SHORTSTOPS

The only other Rangers shortstop to have at minimum 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in a year was Toby Harrah, in 1975 and 1977.

UP Up coming

Rangers: Pursuing a working day off Thursday, LHP Martin Perez (11-10, 4.87) will begin when Texas opens a a few-recreation property sequence against the Yankees on Friday evening.

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (2-8, 4.31) will begin when the Braves begin a four-recreation sequence against Miami on Thursday evening. Newcomb permitted a few operates in 6 innings in a 5- loss to the Marlins on June 16.

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Updated: September 7, 2017 — 5:45 am

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