CINCINNATI (AP) – Roughned Odor hit his fourth career grand slam, Delino DeShields singled and drove in a run during a reunion with his dad, and the Texas Rangers went with their bullpen from start to finish – even got an interleague hit from a pitcher, too – while beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Friday night.
DeShields was participating in a game with his father – Reds first base coach Delino – for the first time in the majors. He singled off Tyler Mahle (2-7) to start a two-run rally in the first inning, scored a run and added a sacrifice fly.
The Rangers went with a bullpen day, using reliever Jesse Chavez as a starter for the fourth time this season. He allowed one hit in a season-high three scoreless innings and contributed his second career hit . Brett Martin (1-0) got his first major league win as four Rangers relievers combined on a five-hitter. Drew Smyly pitched the last three for his first save.
Andrus’ dirt-raising theft of home in the first inning came on the back end of a double steal with Asdrubal Cabrera. When catcher Curt Casali threw to second, Andrus dashed and slid head-first, his left hand catching the back of the plate as he beat shortstop Jose Iglesias‘ throw.
Umpire Jerry Meals called him out, but Andrus was ruled safe after a replay review. It was his sixth career steal of home and the Rangers’ second in six games. Odor had a straight steal of homelast Sunday against Oakland.
Joey Votto was back in the Reds’ lineup after coming through a pregame workout without problem. Votto left a game Wednesday with a stiff back. He singled, grounded out and struck out twice.
Rangers: Outfielder Joey Gallo could begin a rehab assignment next week. He has been on the injury list since June 2 with a strained left oblique.
Reds: Infielder Alex Blandino was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Louisville. He’s recovering from a torn ACL last July. … Left-hander Alex Wood is scheduled to throw to hitters on Tuesday. He has been sidelined since spring training by a back injury.
Rangers: Left-hander Mike Minor (5-4) is 0-1 in his last four starts despite allowing only six earned runs. The Rangers have scored five runs behind him in those four games.
Reds: Tanner Roark (4-5) has lost both of his June starts, giving up eight runs in 11 innings.