Rogers, who was 0-2 in his first four starts, has been unbelievable over his last 10 starts. He leads the AL with a 1.98 ERA and has given up just 12 runs in his last 71 innings, including a stretch of 31 consecutive scoreless frames.
He didn’t have his best stuff in an 8-1 win over Washington on Friday, but the 40-year-old left-hander pitched out of trouble all night, allowing just one of the 12 baserunners to score.
“I’m sure if you ask him, he didn’t have his good stuff,” shortstop Michael Young said. “But he ended up winning anyway.”
Rogers gave up eight hits and four walks over 6 1-3 innings, and the only run he allowed came on Cristian Guzman’s leadoff homer in the seventh. Rogers left with a 4-1 lead.
“He came with everything tonight and made pitches when he had to,” Washington’s Marlon Byrd said. “He doesn’t slip into a pattern. We had been getting big hits, but it just didn’t happen tonight.”
The Rangers can use another solid effort from Rogers to avoid being swept by the AL West leaders. The Angels scored eight runs in the first two innings on Tuesday en route to an 8-6 victory. It was Los Angeles’ 12th win in its last 17 meetings with Texas.
David Dellucci, whose solo homer was the extent of Texas’ offense in a 5-1 loss on Monday, hit a three-run shot in the fourth on Tuesday.
Vladimir Guerrero had three hits, extending his hitting streak against the Rangers to 26 games, the longest by any current player against one club.