Rougned Odor’s home run in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Texas Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers last night. The blow came one pitch after Odor had appeared to strike out – starting to swing at a two-strike breaking ball from Nick Ramirez. Video showed that Odor’s bat crossed the plate, and his at bat – and the inning – should have ended. The umpire, however, ruled it a check swing, and a ball. The third base umpire agreed, and the game went on – for one final pitch. The missed call, and a blown save by Buck Farmer, who gave up two runs in the seventh inning, provided a sour ending to a game that had started well for Detroit. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first inning. Harold Castro singled home two runs in the fifth. Matthew Boyd pitched into the sixth inning, and gave up two runs on six hits, striking out nine.
The Tigers conclude that series against the Rangers in Texas this afternoon. Jordan Zimmermann will pitch against Pedro Payano. Pregame coverage starts at 2:40 on 99.3 The Lift.
The Chicago Cubs scored three late runs, and defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 yesterday. After Ryan Braun tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth, Junior Guerra gave up a solo home run in the seventh. He took the loss. Freddy Peralta allowed two more runs in the eighth.
The loss left Milwaukee three games behind the first-place Cubs in the National League Central Division, and two-and-a-half games behind the second-place Saint Louis Cardinals.
The Brewers wrap up that series in Chicago this afternoon. Adrian Houser will start against Yu Darvish.
Donnie Hart and Jacob Barnes are no longer with the Brewers’ organization. Both had been designated for assignment, which required they be offered to other teams on waivers. Both were claimed – Hart by the New York Mets, and Barnes by the Kansas City Royals. Milwaukee brought pitcher Aaron Wilkerson up from San Antonio before yesterday’s game, and sent pitcher Jay Jackson down.
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