Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, June 10
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (33-30) at Texas Rangers (31-33), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.33)
Texas - Colby Lewis (4-4, 5.77)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Marlins will try to stay in the hunt for
National League East supremacy when they invade the Lone Star State Tuesday to
open a two-game set with the Texas Rangers.
The Marlins are a half-game behind Atlanta and Washington for the NL East lead
and have won five of their last seven games. They salvaged the finale of a
three-game series against the Chicago Cubs with Sunday's 4-3 win at Wrigley
Miami went ahead for good in the top of the eighth inning when Christian
Yelich scored on a sacrifice fly from Garrett Jones and Giancarlo Stanton
crossed the plate on a Pedro Strop wild pitch. Miami then closed the door in
the bottom half and in the ninth. Steve Cishek took the mound in the ninth and
posted two strikeouts for his 14th save.
Henderson Alvarez tossed the first 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs -- one
earned -- with five K's and no walks. Alvarez left the game with a hip strain
not deemed serious.
"I felt like I could still pitch, but for precautionary reasons, they took me
out," said Alvarez, who suffered the injury covering first base.
The Marlins are 3-2 on a seven-game road trip and will hand the ball to Tom
Koehler on Tuesday. Koehler is 5-5 with a 3.33 earned run average and put an
end to a two-game slide with last Wednesday's 5-4 win at Tampa Bay, as he
allowed three runs in five innings.
Koehler has given up 13 runs in the past three starts and will face the
Rangers for the first time. The right-hander has a 2-3 record in six road
starts this season.
Texas will try to get back on track and has lost three in a row and seven of
the last 10 games. The Rangers were hammered in Monday's finale of a four-game
set versus Cleveland and dropped an embarrassing 17-7 decision.
Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall had a game to remember with three home
runs and nine RBI, while Rangers starter Nick Martinez was dealt the loss for
giving up eight runs in only two innings. Scott Baker fared no better in
relief and was touched for nine runs and 11 hits in five innings.
"He hit three home runs tonight, a double and a single," Rangers manager Ron
Washington said of Chisenhall. "I think it was two or three years ago both
(Chisenhall) and (Jason) Kipnis came up and he disappeared for a few years. I
guess he figured it out, at least against us."
Michael Choice and Robinson Chirinos both homered in the loss.
Texas is 2-5 on a nine-game homestand and will send Colby Lewis to the mound
Tuesday. Lewis is 4-4 with a 5.77 earned run average and did not receive a
decision his last time out in an 8-6 win over Baltimore on Thursday, when he
was touched for five runs in five innings.
Lewis has allowed 17 runs in the past four starts and has never faced the
Marlins in his career. The right-hander is 1-3 in five starts in Arlington
Texas and Miami last met in 2011, when the Marlins won two of three games on
the road. The Rangers swept a three-game series in south Florida in 2010.
06/10 10:43:42 ET