Young looks to build on his first scoreless outing of the season as the streaking Rangers open a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Ameriquest Field.
Young allowed seven hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings of Tuesday’s 6-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. The 25-year-old right-hander threw a season-high 112 pitches and worked his way out of several jams.
“Chris bent but he didn’t break,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Young has allowed just three runs in 19 1-3 innings in his last three starts and has won three of his last four outings. He made the first seven starts of his career last season, going 3-2 with a 4.71 ERA.
“I struggled until I got into trouble and then I found the pitches to make,” Young said Tuesday. “I was mixing my pitches better. I felt that (having runners on) was the only time I pitched well.”
The Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Sunday for their fifth win in six games. Michael Young and Richard Hidalgo, who entered hitting .167, each homered as Texas moved a season-high two games over .500.
Gary Matthews Jr. went 4-for-4 and Alfonso Soriano, 9-for-14 with five homers and 10 RBIs in his previous three games, went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI for the Rangers. Kenny Rogers pitched seven shutout innings, extending his shutout streak to 21 innings.
The Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-1 on Sunday for their second straight victory since a four-game losing streak. Brandon Inge led off the game with a homer and Ivan Rodriguez hit a three-run triple in Detroit’s seven-run third.