L – Hurley (2-4)
54-54, 5.0 GB
Eric Hurley pitched well through six innings, but struggled when he went out for the seventh.
Overall, he allowed four runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
DH Jason Botts (.320/.435/.545) doubled and walked in four plate appearances.
W – Galarraga (9-5)
HR – Duran (21), Davis (1)
21-17, 0.5 GB
Armando Galarraga surrendered two runs on four hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six.
He flashed a hard sinking fastball that set between 91-93 MPH while topping out at 94 a few times. The right-hander also had a good slider and changeup working on Tuesday.
Left fielder Anthony Webster (2/4, 3B) and SS German Duran (2/5, HR) each had two hits.
Playing in his first Double-A game, Chris Davis was 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden singled and walked twice.
Local product Danny Herrera fanned four batters in two hitless innings.
L – Marte (2-3)
HR – Ramirez (1)
15-24, 11.0 GB
Mike Ballard, who has tossed at least six innings in seven of his eight High-A starts, allowed three runs in seven innings on Tuesday. He gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out five.
First baseman Freddie Thon went 3-for-4 with a double, his 21st of the season.
Backstop Max Ramirez was 2-for-5 with his first home run in the Rangers organization.
Brennan Garr fanned two in a hitless inning.
L – Slusarz (1-6)
HR – Gomez (18, 19), Tracy (11), Lemon (1)
16-21, 7.0 GB
Marcus Lemon (.264/.351/.348) led off the game with his first home run of the season. He also singled later in the game.
Red-hot first baseman Mauro Gomez (.269/.324/.475) capped off an outstanding July with two more home runs, giving him 19 on the season. Gomez now leads the pitcher-friendly Midwest League in home runs.
DH Chad Tracy doubled, homered and walked.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo singled twice while David Paisano and Wally Backman doubled.
Zach Phillips yielded four runs – three earned – on eight hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out six.
W – Castillo (3-3)
SV – Laughter (4)
HR – Yan (2)
19-22, 1.0 GB
Fabio Castillo turned in a nearly identical start to his last time out, as he allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. The hard-throwing righty walked one and struck out six.
Third baseman Johan Yan was 1-for-4 with a home run, his second of the year.
Centerfielder Tim Smith (2/4, 2B) and catcher Jonathan Greene (2/3, BB) each had two hits.
Sidearming reliever Jordan Stewart hurled two hitless innings, fanning two.
L – Pimentel (0-3)
0-3, 2.5 GB
Carlos Pimentel struck out eight batters in four innings on Tuesday, giving up one earned run. He allowed three hits and walked one.
Eleno Soto (2 IP), Melvin Bryan (1 IP), and Geuris Grullon (1 IP) each tossed scoreless relief.
W – Urbina (1-0)
HR – Inirio (1)
Juan Grullon permitted one run in four innings, walking none and fanning five.
Jose Urbina allowed only one hit in four shutout innings to earn his first win of the season.
Jorge Inirio was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer, his first.
Catcher Alberto Puello raised his average to .325 with three singles in four at-bats.
Alexi Ogando struck out all three batters he faced.