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Cincinnati at Texas

Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
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The Texas Rangers haven't allowed a run in their last 20 innings while the Cincinnati Reds haven't scored in their last 22.

The Rangers look for a ninth win in 10 games and struggling starter Nick Tepesch will try to extend the Reds' offensive woes in Saturday night's matchup in Arlington.

Texas starters are 5-0 with a 2.91 ERA over the last nine games. The Rangers (47-33) have a 2.01 ERA over their last six, winning five times despite scoring more than four runs just once.

Tepesch (3-6, 4.60 ERA) will seek to continue this scoreless run, which includes Thursday's 2-0 victory over the Yankees and a 4-0 win Friday in the opener of this three-game set. The rookie, however, is 0-3 with a 5.17 ERA in seven outings since beating Houston on May 12.

The right-hander took a step in the right direction Sunday in St. Louis, surrendering one run in 5 2-3 innings in a 2-1 victory at St. Louis.

"That's what you were working for and I've still got a lot of work to do," said Tepesch, who has never faced the Reds.

He'll face a struggling offense that went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position Friday. The Reds (45-35) are losers of three straight and six of seven, batting .215 in that span, and have dropped eight in a row on the road in interleague play dating to 2012.

Shin-Soo Choo is in a 1-for-19 slump, Todd Frazier a 2-for-19 slide and even Joey Votto is mired in a 3-for-17 rut.

"We're not doing anything. It seems like we're not putting any ABs together. We get a hit, then we make an easy out," shortstop Zack Cozart said. "They say hitting's contagious when you're going well, but it's not contagious, too, when everybody's not hitting."

The anemic offense is a major reason there will be pressure on starter Mike Leake, who also will be tasked with providing some innings after Friday's starter, Johnny Cueto, left in the second inning due to tightness in his right upper back muscle.

Leake (7-3, 2.61) is 5-0 with a 1.09 ERA in his last six road starts. His five-start road win streak ended last Saturday even though he retired the first 17 batters and yielded two runs over eight innings at Arizona, with closer Aroldis Chapman failing to protect a ninth-inning lead in a 4-3 loss.

Leake is 2-2 with a 2.27 ERA in nine interleague starts, including 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three on the road. The right-hander has never faced the Rangers, and the only Texas hitters he has faced are backup catcher Geovany Soto (1 for 12 against him) and Lance Berkman (1 for 11).

It's unclear if Berkman will be available. He sat out Friday with a sore right knee suffered from slipping on the team plane the previous day.

"Before I knew it, I was on my back kind of like a hurdler's stretch," Berkman told the Rangers' official website. "That's how I ended up. Thank goodness I had a hold of the hand rail or else I might've broken my neck, because I could've tumbled down the stairs."

Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips had two hits in his return to the lineup Friday after missing two games due to paternity leave.

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Probable Starters

Mike Leake, RHP
2013 stats
96.2 Innings Pitched 76.1
7-3 Wins-Losses 3-6
2.61 Earned Run Average 4.60
20 Walks 20
63 Strikeouts 54
95 Pitches Per Start 87
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched -
--- Wins-Losses ---
- Earned Run Average -

Nick Tepesch, HP
Weather
weather image  Sunny. Extremely hot.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
98°F72°F11mph/N27%17%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Cincinnati4th NL Central7183.461154-6 L 5
Texas5th AL West6192.39933 ½ 7-3 W 7
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Nick Tepesch
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Choo000000
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BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Mike Leake
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Berkman111011.091
Soto121032.083
Beltre000000
Beltre000000
Chirinos000000
 
Injuries
Cincinnati
PlayerInjury
D. AxelrodOblique
H. BaileyElbow, neck
T. BellElbow
M. LatosElbow
S. MarshallShoulder
S. SchumakerShoulder
J. VottoQuadriceps
Texas
PlayerInjury
J. AdduciConcussion
S. BakerTriceps
E. BeltreLeg
M. ChoiceHamstring
S. ChooElbow
Y. DarvishElbow
P. FielderNeck
P. FigueroaElbow
M. HarrisonBack
K. KouzmanoffBack
M. MikolasShoulder
M. MorelandAnkle
A. OgandoElbow
M. PerezElbow
J. ProfarShoulder
A. RiosThumb
T. ScheppersElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 2LAATEX 5-2Lewis Santiago 
May 3LAALAA 5-3Richards Tolleson 
May 4LAATEX 14-3Darvish Skaggs 
Jun 20LAALAA 7-3Richards Saunders 
Jun 21LAALAA 3-2Morin Cotts 
Jun 22LAALAA 5-2Shoemaker Darvish 
Jul 10TEXLAA 15-6Santiago Lewis 
Jul 11TEXLAA 3-0Richards Tepesch 
Jul 12TEXLAA 5-2Weaver Mikolas 
Jul 13TEXLAA 10-7Skaggs Baker 
Aug 15TEXLAA 5-4Richards Martinez 
Aug 16TEXLAA 5-4Shoemaker Lewis 
Aug 17TEXTEX 3-2Feliz Street 
Sep 9TEXLAA 9-3Santiago Lewis 
Sep 10TEXLAA 8-1Shoemaker Tepesch 
Sep 11TEXLAA 7-3Morin Martinez 
Sep 19LAATEX 12-3Bonilla Santiago 
Sep 20LAA 9:05 PM EDT  
Sep 21LAA 3:35 PM EDT