Extra Bases: Rangers turn to Perez again

September, 10, 2013
9/10/13
8:24
AM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers turn their weary eyes to rookie left-hander Martin Perez -- again.

It's been a good place to go.

Perez has been the Rangers' most reliable winner with six consecutive victories entering Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Perez is 6-0 with a 2.54 ERA during a stretch in which he's carried the rotation.

The Rangers need another big effort from Perez after Monday night's 1-0 loss to the Pirates. Another 1-0 defeat for Yu Darvish.

Can Perez deliver?

Twice during his hot streak he's won after a Rangers' loss -- first on Aug. 17 against Seattle and last Tuesday at Oakland. Both wins came in the middle game of a three-game series and were the only victories against the Mariners and the A's.

The Rangers would have had a couple of losing streaks if not for Perez, including a six-game skid if not for his 5-1 victory over the A's last week.

"He's handled himself admirably for a young kid," manager Ron Washington said. "To go out there and take the ball and stay under control and do what he can do, he's done a great job. I'm just enjoying what he's doing."

Perez will have a big challenge trying to keep up pitch-for-pitch with Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano, who is 15-7 with a 2.98 ERA. Liriano is coming off an awful start against Milwaukee, one in which he allowed seven runs in three innings.

WHAT'S UP NOW: Rapid reaction from the Rangers' 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night. Plus, a post-game blog on a brilliant night by Yu Darvish that resulted in yet another frustrating 1-0 loss.

ON DECK: Martin Perez (9-3, 3.41 ERA) and Francisco Liriano (15-7, 2.98) in a battle of left-handers at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What one lineup move would you make to fix the Rangers' offense?

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182