Nationals win Rangers Friday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Josh Bell hit a leading RBI single in the eighth inning, and also had a triple and double while scoring Washington’s only other run on his return home, as the Nationals won 2-1 in their first interleague game in Texas on Friday-evening in Texas. 17 years.

Bell, the big first baseman coming from nearby Irving, scored the first run of the game in the sixth. He had an one-out double for Luis Garcia’s ground-rule double that bounced into the Rangers bullpen in right midfield.

Juan Soto led off the Nationals eighth with a double off of just-in reliever Dennis Santana (3-3) before Bell followed with his hit that made the difference.

The only other time the Nationals had played in Texas was in June 2005, when Bell was a few months short of his 13th birthday.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest gap an opponent has made between Rangers games. But since the interleague game began in 1997, there have been nine extended periods of teams visiting others.

Adolis Garcia homered and had his sixth outfield assist of the season for the Rangers, who had won their previous six interleague games.

Bell started with a triple with two outs in the first and is 11 for 27 (.407) in his last eight games, increasing his season average from 12 points to .302.

Carl Edwards (1-1) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Tanner Rainey worked around two runners in the ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances.

The game was tied at 1 after Garcia led off the sixth with his 14th homer, a 423-foot drive to the left-midfield seats.

Garcia got his outfield assist with a no-hop pitch from center right to catcher Jonah Heim, who beat Nelson Cruz with several feet to the plate in the fourth.

Cruz, a week before his 42nd birthday, had started that inning with a double on his return to Texas, where he was an All-Star twice and was the 2011 AL Championship Series MVP while playing there from 2006-13.

FOR STARTERS

Rangers righthander Dane Dunning, who has gone without a win in his last 10 starts since the end of April, struckout four batters, walked one and gave up a run over six innings. Paolo Espino, right at Washington, also gave up one run in his 5 1/3 innings in his third starting rotation after 20 relief appearances.

TRAINERS ROOM

Nationals: GM Mike Rizzo told MLB.com that there is no rush to come up with a plan for RHP Stephen Strasburg. “He can’t do anything until he’s pain-free and feeling good. He’s not here yet,’ said Rizzo. Strasburg has only thrown once since surgery last summer for thoracic outlet syndrome. The 2019 World Series MVP was diagnosed with a ribcage stress response after experiencing discomfort during a bullpen session following his June 9 start in Miami when he conceded seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

NEXT ONE

Nats righthander Josiah Gray (6-4, 3.95 ERA) has allowed only one earned run over 17 innings in his three starts in June. Texas is going to have a bullpen day, although Taylor Hearn (4-5, 6.25) could be part of that after being pulled from his rotation spot. The lefty gave up 17 runs in 18 2/3 innings in his four starts in June.