Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bullpen coughs up late inning lead; Rangers beat Phillies

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 1, 2014, 11:15 p.m.
@Philabaseball

A day after 10 runs wasn't good enough on Opening Day, the Texas Rangers got their first win of the season by scoring two times against the Philadelphia bullpen.

Adrian Beltre's line-drive single scored Shin-Soo Choo with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night to give the Rangers a 3-2 walk-off win over the Phillies, who had beaten them 14-10 the day before.

Beltre finished the contest 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Prior to his game-winning hit, Beltre lashed an RBI double in the seventh scoring Choo to tie the game 2-2.

A.J. Burnett tossed six innings in his Phillies debut, surrendering one run on seven hits. He walked two and struckout three.

"I'll take a win giving up eight," Burnett said, referring to Cliff Lee surrendering eight runs in the Phillies opening day victory. "But that's baseball, man."

Jimmy Rollins put the Phillies on the board in the sixth with an RBI single. Ryan Howard followed later in the frame with an RBI double to right to push the Phillies ahead 2-0.

The Rangers answered back, eventually scoring the game-winner in the ninth off rookie reliever Mario Hollands.

"That was a tough spot to put him," manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Making his major league debut, Hollands walked Choo on four pitches. Elvis Andrus' sacrifice bunt moved Choo to second. Hollands then walked Prince Fielder to put runners on first and second with one out.

B.J. Rosenberg was then summoned to face Beltre and he eventually surrendered the game-winning hit.

"It didn't matter when it was going to happen," Hollands said regarding his debut. "I'm supposed to get those outs. It doesn't matter if it's my first time or not."

The two teams close out their three-game set on Wednesday evening.

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