Lowe, Taveras homer as Rangers beat Rockies for 3rd straight

Aug 31, 2021, 8:40 AM | Updated: 10:21 pm

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nathaniel Lowe wants to honor his late grandfather with how he plays for the Texas Rangers in the final month of season.

Lowe had a home run and an RBI single among his three hits and the Rangers hung on to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Tuesday night, two days after Lowe’s grandfather passed away. Texas has won three games in a row for only the second time since the end of June.

“I watched my grandfather take his last breath … and I was on the call when it happened,” Lowe said. “I just want to make him proud.”

Leody Taveras homered for the second game in a row for Texas, and Jordan Lyles (7-11) won for the second time in three starts despite allowing solo homers to Sam Hilliard, C.J. Cron and Ryan McMahon.

While the Rangers have the worst record in the majors since the All-Star break at 12-30, they can match their season-best winning streak if they take the series finale Wednesday. Their last series sweep was three games at home against Kansas City June 25-27, which preceded an off day and then a series-opening victory in Oakland.

“The team’s just competing as a team,” said Lowe, who’s hitting .410 in his last 10 games with a 5-for-5 effort at Cleveland on Aug. 24. “We had hits when we needed them and obviously scored enough to get the job done.”

The Rockies have lost the first two games of this series after sweeping Texas three straight at home in early June.

Lyles gave up six hits, struck out seven and walked one. The right-hander had retired 12 batters in a row before Cron and McMahon went deep back-to-back in the seventh inning. The three homers allowed by Lyles pushed his season total to a majors-high 36, two more than teammate Mike Foltynewicz.

Brett Martin, the second of three Texas relievers, came on with two on and one out in the eighth inning, striking out Charlie Blackmon before a groundout by Cron, who hit .387 in August with 11 homers and 34 RBI. Spencer Patton pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in five opportunities.

Austin Gomber (9-9) allowed all four runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings, and hasn’t won since Aug. 7. Gomber struck out two and walked six, one short of his career high.

“I’m grinding out there, trying to figure it out,” said Gomber, acquired as part of the deal that sent six-time All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado to St. Louis before the season. “I don’t feel like I’m far off.”

Lowe gave Texas a 1-0 lead with an opposite-field home run to left-center on Gomber’s first pitch in the second. An inning later, Lowe singled home Adolis Garcia after one of the rookie All-Star’s career-high three walks.

Taveras homered off the back wall of the home bullpen in right-center leading off the fourth for a 3-1 lead. He also had two stolen bases.


The Rangers have been working on plate discipline with Garcia, who has a team-high 29 home runs but went into Tuesday fourth in the majors with 157 strikeouts. Two of his three walks became runs.

“With him, we call it the Barry Bonds drill,” Texas hitting coach Luis Ortiz said before the game. “You’re going to see eight pitches, but only one pitch is going to be your pitch.”


The Rangers cordoned off a section of the second deck beyond left field and draped 13 American flags throughout the seating in honor of the U.S. Mariners killed in Afghanistan last week. A moment of the silence was held before the national anthem.


Jonah Heim caught for Texas after missing nine games while on the team’s COVID-19 list. To make room for Heim on the roster, the Rangers returned LHP Hyeon-jeon Yang to Triple-A Round Rock. … Hilliard, who grew up just south of Arlington in Mansfield, Texas, posed with family and friends on the field after the game.


Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (forearm tightness) threw a bullpen session and might start Thursday at home vs. Atlanta.

Rangers: Yonny Hernandez (hamstring tightness) was the designated hitter instead of playing second base.


Rangers RHP Kohei Arihara (2-3, 6.59 ERA) is expected to throw 40-45 pitches in his first start since having shoulder surgery in late May. Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (5-6, 4.17) beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last Saturday, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings.


More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) speaks to reporters ahead of practice sessions before a N...
Associated Press

New-look Logano leads NASCAR back to the L.A. Coliseum

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joey Logano arrived at the first event of the season with a jet black shock of thick hair and a banner in the grandstands advertising the company that treated NASCAR’s reigning champion for alopecia and early baldness. “Ask Joey!” the company Hairclub urged on a banner draped in the lower bowl […]
17 hours ago
Keith Mitchell prepares to hit a drive on the 7th tee of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the thi...
Associated Press

Strong wind suspends third round at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A strong wind was more than just a menace at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It brought the tournament to a halt Saturday because of two holes on one of the courses, and set up a Monday finish without the amateurs. Keith Mitchell made it through the worst stretch of […]
17 hours ago
Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis, left, reacts with Miller Kopp (12) after Jackson-Davis hit a basket...
Associated Press

Jackson-Davis, No. 21 Indiana beat Edey, No. 1 Purdue 79-74

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 25 points and Jalen Hood-Schifino delivered the clinching basket on a dunk with 2 seconds left as No. 21 Indiana beat No. 1 Purdue 79-74 on Saturday. Zach Edey finished with 33 points and 18 rebounds for Purdue. The Hoosiers (16-7, 7-5 Big Ten) have won both of […]
17 hours ago
In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Newgate and jockey Lanfranco Dettori, outside, hold off a stub...
Associated Press

Newgate wins Robert Lewis Stakes; Baffert runs 1-2-3-4

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Newgate won the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by a neck on Saturday, with Bob Baffert as the trainer of all four horses in the Kentucky Derby prep race at Santa Anita. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Newgate ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.11 and paid $4 and $2.60 as the even-money […]
17 hours ago
This undated photo provided by Ryan Wilson shows Tyre Nichols, who had a passion for skateboarding ...
Associated Press

Tony Hawk to donate photo proceeds to Tyre Nichols fund

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Skateboard legend Tony Hawk says he will donate half of the proceeds of autographed photos of himself and BMX rider Rick Throne to the memorial fund for Tyre Nichols. “My proceeds from these will go to the Tyre Nichols Memorial Fund, which includes plans to build a public skatepark in his […]
17 hours ago
Shohei Ohtani, left, of Los Angeles Angels, and Japan's manager Hideki Kuriyama, right, pose togeth...
Associated Press

Ohtani set for WBC in Japan, but Angels future uncertain

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Although Shohei Ohtani’s long-term future with the Los Angeles Angels is decidedly uncertain as he heads into the final season under contract, the two-way superstar’s plans for the spring are all set. Ohtani will make one start on the Cactus League mound this month for the Angels before he heads to […]
2 days ago
Lowe, Taveras homer as Rangers beat Rockies for 3rd straight