By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS — Rangers starter Nick Tepesch didn’t get a win on Sunday night and has now gone six weeks since the last one on May 12.
But Texas did win on a night when Tepesch faced Cardinals 10-game winner Adam Wainwright, and that’s all that mattered in a game that was delayed at the beginning for almost three hours by rain. The Rangers rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh off Wainwright and held on for a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night at Busch Stadium to complete a sweep.
“Any time we get a win, it definitely feels good,” Tepesch said. “I was happy with it.”
The Rangers didn’t get on their charter flight to New York until the early hours of Monday morning and were looking at a dawn arrival on the East Coast. But they can enjoy their first day off in three weeks with a five-game winning streak as well as being back in sole possession of first place in the American League West.
The Rangers went 9-11 in a stretch of 20 straight games without a day off, their longest of the season. But they won their last five and now have a one-game lead over the Athletics.
“We’re right where we need to be,” outfielder David Murphy said.
Tepesch, who pitched at the University of Missouri, went 5 2/3 innings, allowing only a home run to Matt Carpenter leading off the sixth. Tepesch gave up four hits, walked two batters and struck out four. But most importantly, he was able to hold his own against Wainwright for most of the night until the Rangers could figure out a way to break through.
“He did a tremendous job, especially going up against Wainwright and matching his zeros,” manager Ron Washington said. “He had good focus to do a great job against that type of pitcher.”
Tepesch left trailing, 1-0. Robbie Ross, who did the least amount of work in relief, ended up getting the victory by retiring just one batter. Neal Cotts, Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan all pitched a scoreless inning. The Rangers’ bullpen has a 1.52 ERA in their last seven games.
Nathan was pitching for the fourth straight game. It’s the first time he has done that this season, but Washington had no concerns about using him.
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