ARLINGTON, Texas — Kris Bryant got his first two RBIs in a Colorado uniform and the Rockies stretched their winning streak to four games with a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Bryant had a go-ahead RBI double in the third inning that made it 2-1, and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Five games into a $182 million, seven-year contract, Bryant is batting .350 (7 of 20) with hits in every game. But the four-time All-Star hadn't driven in a run until his double down the right-field line off Martin Perez (0-1) right after Charlie Blackmon's RBI single.
Jhoulys Chacin (2-0) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in. Daniel Bard worked around a hit batter and a single in the ninth for his second save in three chances.
New Texas shortstop Corey Seager, who got a $325 million, 10-year contract, was robbed of what would have been his first homer with the Rangers. His 406-foot drive with two men on ended the fifth when center fielder Randal Grichuk made a leaping catch with his left arm extended above the six-foot wall in in right-center field.
Blackmon’s two hits doubled his total for the season — and his career at the Texas stadium with a retractable roof. The four-time All-Star entered the night batting .071 (1 for 14) overall this season, and a paltry .034 (1 for 29) in his previous seven games at Globe Life Field.
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Neither starting pitcher made it out of the fifth inning in their debuts for their new teams. Less than a month after signing with the Rockies, Chad Kuhl struck out five while allowing one run and two hits over 4 1/3 innings. But the right-hander who pitched in 100 games for Pittsburgh the past five seasons also walked four. Perez was gone after the first two batters reached in the fifth. The lefty, who returned to Texas after three years away, allowed three runs and seven hits. He walked one batter and hit two.
Rockies: Third baseman Ryan McMahon had the day off after getting hit by three baseballs Monday — on his left calf while on the field during pregame batting practice, then got hit by pitches twice in the same game for the first time in his career. “My toe feels fine. The calf’s a little sore, forearm’s a little tight, but I’m fine,” McMahon said before Tuesday’s game. “It just wasn’t my day.”
Rangers: Right-handed reliever Garrett Richards, who opened the season on the 10-day injured list with a blister on his right middle finger, could be activated as early as Thursday. Richards went Triple-A Rock on Tuesday for an injury rehabilitation assignment.
Rockies: After a day off Wednesday, Colorado plays seven home games in a row. The Rockies open a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
Rangers: Texas is off Wednesday before the opener of a four-game series at home against the Angels on Thursday night, when reigning AL MVP and two-way standout Shohei Ohtani is the scheduled starter for Los Angeles.
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