Thursday MLB scores, highlights, updates, news: Rangers win ninth straight –

Happy Thursday, MLB fans. It’s not quite a full slate of games, but there are 12 of them in all — with some day and some night games. Most notably on the schedule is a doubleheader between two first-place teams that many would consider surprising. 

Keep it here for updates throughout the night or just come back Friday morning to catch up on all MLB happenings. 

Thursday’s games

Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Washington Nationals 4 (box score)
Colorado Rockies 5, Minnesota Twins 1 (box score)
Detroit Tigers 6, Baltimore Orioles 5 (box score)
Philadelphia Phillies 4 at 8  Texas Rangers (box score)
Cincinnati Reds  5 at 9  Chicago Cubs (box score)
Milwaukee Brewers 4, San Diego Padres  2 (box score)
Twins 2, Rockies 0 (box score)
Toronto Blue Jays 9, Atlanta Braves  0 (box score)
Kansas City Royals  5, Yankees 1 (box score)
Mariners 5, White Sox 4 (box score)
Oakland Athletics  8, Red Sox 3 (box score)
Los Angeles Dodgers  7, Marlins 2 (box score)

Rangers win again

Remember when the Rangers were 13-20 and appeared to be toast? On Thursday, the Rangers defeated the Phillies, giving them nine victories in a row. Texas’ 22-20 record combined with the Los Angeles Angels having an off day means the Rangers have officially moved into second place.

Whereas the Rangers’ offense has been largely responsible for their recent success — they’ve scored at least four runs in every game, including six-plus in five — southpaw Martin Perez deserves credit for a quality outing. He finished his afternoon with eight strikeouts and two runs allowed over seven innings. 

Of course, the Rangers

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