Thursday MLB scores, highlights, updates, news: Rangers win ninth straight

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Happy Thursday, MLB fans. It’s not quite a full slate of games, but there are 12 of them in all — with some day and some night games. Most notably on the schedule is a doubleheader between two first-place teams that many would consider surprising. 

Keep it here for updates throughout the night or just come back Friday morning to catch up on all MLB happenings. 

Thursday’s games


Pittsburgh Pirates
10,
Washington Nationals
4 (box score)

Colorado Rockies
5,
Minnesota Twins
1 (box score)

Detroit Tigers
6,
Baltimore Orioles
5 (box score)

Philadelphia Phillies
4 at 8 
Texas Rangers
(box score)

Cincinnati Reds
 5 at 9 
Chicago Cubs
(box score)

Milwaukee Brewers
4,
San Diego Padres
 2 (box score)
Rockies at Twins (Game Tracker)

Toronto Blue Jays
at
Atlanta Braves
 (Game Tracker)

New York Yankees
at
Kansas City Royals
 (Game Tracker)

Boston Red Sox
at
Oakland Athletics
 (Game Tracker)

Miami Marlins
at
Los Angeles Dodgers
 (Game Tracker)

Chicago White Sox
at
Seattle Mariners
 (Game Tracker)

Rangers win again

Remember when the Rangers were 13-20 and appeared to be toast? On Thursday, the Rangers defeated the Phillies, giving them nine victories in a row. Texas’ 22-20 record combined with the
Los Angeles Angels
having an off day means the Rangers have officially moved into second place.

Whereas the Rangers’ offense has been largely responsible for their recent success — they’ve scored at least four runs in every game, including six-plus in five — southpaw
Martin Perez
deserves credit for a quality outing. He finished his afternoon with eight strikeouts and two runs allowed over seven innings. 

Of course, the Rangers offense rendered moot a shaky outing from
Jeremy Jeffress
, who yielded two runs while recording a single out. In whole, the Rangers scored eight runs on nine hits.
Ryan Rua
and
Nomar Mazara
combined to drive in five of those runs.

The Rangers will now embark on a nine-game roadie that will see them make visits to Detroit, Boston, and Toronto.  

First-place doubleheader

Thanks to a Wednesday rainout, baseball fans Thursday are treated to a doubleheader between the Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins. Both teams sit in first place, and it’s fair to say both are surprises with the Twins to a greater extent than the Rockies. Sure it’s only May 18, but we’re six weeks deep. It’s not like this is April 18. These are two pretty fun stories on the young 2017 season. 

Game 1 of the double-dip wasn’t overly tough for the Rockies, building a 5-0 lead through the fourth and never letting the Twins get closer than four runs. 


Nolan Arenado
got things started in the first with an upper deck shot (video here) and
Mark Reynolds
‘ two-RBI single in the third was also big. 

How about
German Marquez
on the mound? 

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Marquez put together another promising outing for the Rockies.
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Last time out, he worked eight scoreless innings in Coors Field against the Cubs, only allowing three hits and a walk while striking out eight. He wasn’t quite as dominant on Thursday, but only gave up one run on four hits in five innings. 

He’s been a hilariously weird mixed bag so far. In his first start, he allowed eight runs in four innings and in his third start, it was five runs in six innings. In the other three outings combined, though, Marquez has only given up one run in 19 innings. 

Marquez is only 22 years old and has certainly flashed some nice upside for the Rockies. 

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