A.J. Griffin dominated his hometown team with a four-hit ball and clinched the second shutout of his career in the Texas Rangers’ 2-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.
Joey Gallo and Ryan Rua pitched homers to Jered Weaver. Each one totaled three pushed, while the Venezuelan receiver Robinson Chirinos joined the offensive party by the Rangers, with a return.
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Texas scored more runs than in their previous four games combined.
After dividing honors in a two-game series, the two teams head to Arlington to face each other on a couple of occasions.
Griffin (4-0) pitched for the first time against the Padres. He played in this city when he was a high school and college student, before Oakland selected him in the 13th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
Weaver (0-4) worked only three chapters, allowing seven runs and six hits.
For the Rangers, Elvis Andrus 4-1 with a scoring, Rougned Odor 5-2 with two runs scored, Robinson Chirinos 4-1 with a scored and two pushed. The Dominicans Nomar Mazara of 5-1 with an annotated and two produced, Carlos Gómez of 3-0 with an annotated one.
For the Padres, the Manuel Margot 3-0. The Venezuelans Luis Sardinas 1-0, Yangervis Solarte 3-0.