Rangers, Nathaniel Lowe blast off in Colorado to wrap up winning road trip

DENVER — Adolis García has garnered much-deserved attention this month, but Nathaniel Lowe has been doing plenty of damage, too.

Lowe homered, drove in five runs and finished a double short of the cycle as Texas wrapped up a 4-2 road trip with a 16-4 win at Colorado.

The Rangers set a season-high for runs and their 18 hits tied for the most in a game this year. One more hit by Lowe and he would have had the cycle, which was on his mind before he struck out in the ninth.

“That’s a rare opportunity,” he said. “For me hitting the triple in the first place is the tough one. I had good chances for it but some pretty bad aim, but we’ll take the W.”

Lowe is hitting .378 in August with five home runs and 17 RBIs.

“I’ve got good hitters in front of me and good hitters behind me,” he said. “I feel like I’ve done a better job of just trying to do what I can do with a good pitch to hit.”

García had singles in the second and ninth innings to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 21 games, which is the longest active streak in the majors. It’s the longest by a Ranger since Josh Hamilton’s 23-game streak in 2010.

Texas batters pummeled Rockies starter Jose Urena for nine runs and nine hits in just 1 1/3 innings, giving Colorado little chance to come back against Martin Pérez.

Pérez (10-4) fanned seven to set a career best for a season with 139 strikeouts, and he dropped his ERA from 2.80 to 2.69. It was his first win since July 29.

“I was locating all my pitches and we scored a lot of runs,” Perez said. “We’re not done yet, and I’m going to continue to throw a lot of strikes and have fun in the game.”

The Rangers couldn’t hold a pair of three-run leads Tuesday night, so Wednesday the offense built a rally-proof lead with a big second inning. Ahead 2-0, Texas started the inning with six straight hits and a walk and put up seven runs to make it 9-0.

It was the first time they had six straight hits to begin an inning since Aug. 27, 2015, against Toronto.

After the Rockies scored four in the seventh, Lowe hit a three-run homer in the eighth — his 20th — and Charlie Culberson had a two-run shot in the ninth, his first of the season.

Lowe’s 443-foot blast into the second deck gives the Rangers four players with 20 or more home runs this season, the most in the majors.

“Good teams score late,” Lowe said. “It was nice for us to score and kind of put the nail in the coffin there.”

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