Choo’s walk caps 9th-inning rally

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Apr 3, 2014 - 19:28
  • Updated : Apr 3, 2014 - 19:28
Texas Rangers left fielder Choo Shin-soo (center) is mobbed by his teammates after his walk-off walk.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ― Choo Shin-soo drew a bases-loaded, game-ending walk against Jonathan Papelbon as the Texas Rangers rallied in the ninth inning for the second night in a row, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Wednesday.

The Rangers scored three times in the ninth off Papelbon (0-1), who gave up four hits while retiring only one batter.

Adrian Beltre, whose ninth-inning single Tuesday night drove home Choo with the winning run, started this rally with a leadoff single. After Mitch Moreland’s double, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci had an RBI infield single and Leonys Martin singled through a drawn-in infield to drive in the tying run. Donnie Murphy walked on four pitches before Choo got to full-count pitch before walking.

Seth Rosin (1-0) worked two scoreless innings for his first major league victory.

Moreland had a triple in the seventh and scored on Martin’s two-out single.

Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer and Kyle Kendrick allowed only one run over seven innings for the Phillies, who still haven’t won a road series since Ryne Sandberg took over as their manager last August ― first on an interim bases before getting the full-time gig.

The Phillies lost 24 of 32 games over their final 10 road series last season. They split four games against the New York Mets last August in Sandberg’s first series on the road ― but had dropped the previous five series away from home, and then lost the last four. They won this year’s season opener 14-10 before consecutive ninth-inning losses.

Texas left-hander Robbie Ross struck out seven over five innings in his first major league start after 123 relief appearances the past two seasons. He allowed three runs and seven hits with two walks.

Howard’s homer made it 3-0 in the third. It was his first homer since July 5, when he went deep in his final game last season before going onto the disabled list because of left knee inflammation.

Kendrick struck out four and allowed one run, but is still winless his last eight starts. The right-hander went 0-5 over his final seven starts last season, when the Phillies scored a combined two run behind him in those losses.

White Sox 7, Minnesota 6

Detroit 2, Kansas City 1

Atlanta 1, Milwaukee 0

Oakland 6, Cleveland 1 Gm. 1

Cleveland 6, Oakland 4 Gm. 2

Boston 6, Baltimore 2

Washington 5, NY Mets 1

Colorado 6, Miami 5

Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 0

Houston 3, NY Yankees 1

San Francisco 2, Arizona 0

Seattle 8, LA Angels 2

LA Dodgers 5, San Diego 1

Pittsburgh 4, Chicago Cubs 3

Cincinnati 1, St. Louis 0