Hamels throws complete game No. 16 as Rangers beat Twins 4-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Even when Jorge Polanco led off the ninth with a double to finally get some energy going with the Minnesota crowd, Texas manager Jeff Banister had already made his decision.

It was going to be Cole Hamels' night.

Like they had for the rest of the game, Minnesota's next three batters went quietly in order, the Rangers won 4-1 and Hamels (6-1) ended the night needing only 96 pitches to finish the 16th complete game of his career.

''It was his game,'' Banister said. ''We've seen Cole in those type of situations. The look of him tonight, the stuff that he had, how strong he was, felt like he was as strong in the eighth and the ninth as at any point in the game.''

It was Hamels' first complete game since Oct. 4, 2015, when the Rangers clinched the AL West title against Los Angeles. His previous low pitch count in a complete game was 97 in 2009.

The 33-year-old Hamels credited his changeup with being able to quickly induce the Twins batters into harmless groundouts and pop-ups all night.

''It's a lot better pitch,'' he said. ''It definitely wakes up a scouting report for the other side, but it makes me feel a lot more like I did in 2011-2012, and 13-14. That's kind of where I felt like I was at my strongest.''

With Hamels dominating, Nomar Mazara's first-inning, two-run homer off Kyle Gibson (6-9) was all the offense Texas needed.

Hamels scattered four hits and allowed only four batters to reach base. He entered the game with a 6.35 career ERA against Minnesota, the highest of any opponent with at least six starts, but breezed through the lineup to pick up his third career win against the Twins.

With Elvis Andrus on base, the Rangers grabbed the lead for good only three batters in when Mazara sent the first pitch he saw from Gibson an estimated 407 feet into the bullpen. Mike Napoli came around to score after a leadoff walk in the second, and Robinson Chirinos added an RBI single in the ninth.

''When you put early runs in the game for him, you think you're going to win the ballgame,'' Mazara said.

HARMLESS HITS

The Twins' only run against Hamels was unearned and came in the fifth after Byron Buxton singled, stole second and advanced to third on a bad throw from Chirinos at the plate. He scored on Ehire Adiranza's groundout. Brian Dozier reached base twice against Hamels on a single and walk. Eduardo Escobar singled in the fourth but was thrown out trying to reach second.

''He did what he had to do to throw a complete game in minimal amount of pitches, and we just didn't square any balls up,'' manager Paul Molitor said. ''Even some of the hits that we had weren't particularly sharp.''

GIBSON'S RETURN

Gibson made his first major league start since being sent to the minors in late July, and was otherwise solid for the Twins, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out four over 5 1/3 innings. But the Rangers made the most of his mistakes.

''I didn't expect Mazara to be that aggressive there on the first pitch, that's why we went away with him on the homer. After that, we kind of settled in,'' Gibson said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Jake Diekman threw about 30 pitches in his second simulated game of the week on Saturday, taking another step in a slow recovery from colon surgery. Pitching coach Doug Brocail said he originally wanted Diekman to throw about 20-25 pitches, and wanted to tire him out to see how he'd respond on Sunday.

Twins: 1B Miguel Sano remains day to day after taking a pitch off his left hand Friday night. Although X-rays were negative, the Twins slugger said it wasn't feeling any better from the previous night. ''When I woke up this morning, I couldn't even make a fist,'' Sano said through a translator. ... Molitor said LHP Hector Santiago (back) will make another rehab start at Triple-A Rochester next week, saying his velocity isn't consistent enough yet. ''The last thing we want is to come up here and go backwards in some fashion,'' Molitor said. ... Molitor said closer Glen Perkins (shoulder) will likely throw a bullpen session in the coming days before beginning a rehab assignment at Double-A Chattanooga.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Nick Martinez (3-4) makes his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Rock Round on Monday. He's 0-1 with a 6.06 ERA in three career starts against Minnesota.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (9-5) faces Texas for the first time in his career. He lost his last start on Aug. 1 at San Diego despite only allowing one run and two hits in seven innings.

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  • W: C. Hamels (6-1)L: K. Gibson (6-9)
  • HR: TEX - N. Mazara (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Andrus SS41100010.294.333.478.8111.5
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A. Beltre 3B40100010.292.366.495.8620.5
R. Odor 2B40100001.219.257.425.6821.0
M. Napoli 1B31100110.201.280.439.7192.5
J. Gallo LF40100013.206.317.542.8600.5
D. Robinson CF20100112.214.389.571.9601.5
a- C. Gomez PH-CF01000000.254.336.468.8054.0
R. Chirinos C30120012.212.294.483.7782.5
  • a-hit by pitch for Robinson in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B30100111.247.328.446.7730.5
R. Grossman DH40000002.247.376.378.7540.0
E. Escobar 3B40100002.265.325.420.7461.0
C. Gimenez C30000001.202.317.355.6720.0
E. Rosario LF30000010.285.325.457.782-0.5
B. Buxton CF31100000.217.290.309.5994.0
E. Adrianza 1B30010010.281.340.371.7110.5
M. Kepler RF30000010.246.314.406.720-0.5
J. Polanco SS30100010.215.266.311.5761.5
    BATTING
    • HR - N. Mazara (14)
    • SF - R. Chirinos
    • RBI - N. Mazara 2 (68), R. Chirinos 2 (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos (15)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Polanco (17)
    • RBI - E. Adrianza (14)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Gomez (11)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Buxton (18)
    • CS - B. Dozier (6)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - D. Robinson
    • E - R. Chirinos (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Hamels (W, 6-1)9.04101503.591.0734.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Hamels (W, 6-1)9.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (L, 6-9)5.17332416.031.710.0
    B. Boshers0.20000103.951.240.5
    R. Pressly2.00000206.031.217.0
    T. Rogers1.01110303.921.282.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (L, 6-9)5.1
    B. Boshers0.2
    R. Pressly2.0
    T. Rogers1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 96-64
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 12-8
    • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 30
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Rogers (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 97-57, B. Boshers 9-5, R. Pressly 21-15, T. Rogers 25-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 7-4, B. Boshers 1-0, R. Pressly 3-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 24, B. Boshers 2, R. Pressly 6, T. Rogers 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    S. Choo DH50000022.253.366.401.767-1.0
    E. Andrus SS41100010.294.333.478.8111.5
    N. Mazara RF41121020.247.325.428.7536.0
    A. Beltre 3B40100010.292.366.495.8620.5
    R. Odor 2B40100001.219.257.425.6821.0
    M. Napoli 1B31100110.201.280.439.7192.5
    J. Gallo LF40100013.206.317.542.8600.5
    D. Robinson CF20100112.214.389.571.9601.5
    a- C. Gomez PH-CF01000000.254.336.468.8054.0
    R. Chirinos C30120012.212.294.483.7782.5
    Total33484121010-----
    HITTERSAB
    S. Choo DH5
    E. Andrus SS4
    N. Mazara RF4
    A. Beltre 3B4
    R. Odor 2B4
    M. Napoli 1B3
    J. Gallo LF4
    D. Robinson CF2
    a- C. Gomez PH-CF0
    R. Chirinos C3
    Total33
    • a-hit by pitch for Robinson in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B30100111.247.328.446.7730.5
    R. Grossman DH40000002.247.376.378.7540.0
    E. Escobar 3B40100002.265.325.420.7461.0
    C. Gimenez C30000001.202.317.355.6720.0
    E. Rosario LF30000010.285.325.457.782-0.5
    B. Buxton CF31100000.217.290.309.5994.0
    E. Adrianza 1B30010010.281.340.371.7110.5
    M. Kepler RF30000010.246.314.406.720-0.5
    J. Polanco SS30100010.215.266.311.5761.5
    Total291410156-----
      BATTING
      • HR - N. Mazara (14)
      • SF - R. Chirinos
      • RBI - N. Mazara 2 (68), R. Chirinos 2 (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos (15)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (17)
      • RBI - E. Adrianza (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Gomez (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Buxton (18)
      • CS - B. Dozier (6)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Robinson
      • E - R. Chirinos (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (W, 6-1)9.04101503.591.0734.5
      Total9.0410150---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (W, 6-1)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 6-9)5.17332416.031.710.0
      B. Boshers0.20000103.951.240.5
      R. Pressly2.00000206.031.217.0
      T. Rogers1.01110303.921.282.5
      Total9.08442101---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 6-9)5.1
      B. Boshers0.2
      R. Pressly2.0
      T. Rogers1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 96-64
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 12-8
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 30
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Rogers (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 97-57, B. Boshers 9-5, R. Pressly 21-15, T. Rogers 25-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 7-4, B. Boshers 1-0, R. Pressly 3-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 24, B. Boshers 2, R. Pressly 6, T. Rogers 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Chirinos singled to left, Gomez scored41
      • 5TH INNING
        Adrianza grounded out to first, Buxton scored31
      • 2ND INNING
        Chirinos hit sacrifice fly to left, Napoli scored30
      • 1ST INNING
        Mazara homered to left center, Andrus scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Ryan Pressly
        • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
        • Carlos Gomez hit for Drew Robinson
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez hit by pitch
        • R. Chirinos: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Gomez stole second, Foul, Ball, Chirinos singled to left, Gomez scored
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco doubled to deep right
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dozier grounded out to third
        • R. Grossman: Grossman popped out to second
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • R. Pressly Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Odor grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton lined out to center
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Buddy Boshers
        • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo lined out to third
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Gimenez: Gimenez grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Rosario flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Odor singled to right
        • M. Napoli: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Napoli singled to center, Odor to second
        • Buddy Boshers relieved Kyle Gibson
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Gallo grounded out to second, Odor to third, Napoli to second
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Polanco grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Grossman grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded out to third
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton singled to right center
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Buxton to third on catcher Chirinos fielding error, Ball, Adrianza grounded out to first, Buxton scored
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Kepler lined out to left
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Napoli: Ball, Napoli grounded out to third
        • J. Gallo: Gallo singled to left
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Robinson walked, Gallo to second
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Robinson out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike swinging, Ball, Grossman popped out to second
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar singled to center, Escobar out at second
        • C. Gimenez: Ball, Ball, Gimenez grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Andrus struck out looking
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltre singled to left
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Kepler grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier walked
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Dozier picked off at second, pitcher to first to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Napoli walked
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo popped out to shortstop
        • D. Robinson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Robinson singled to right, Napoli to third
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Chirinos hit sacrifice fly to left, Napoli scored
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Choo flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario grounded out to second
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton flied out to center
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choo grounded out to first
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Mazara homered to left center, Andrus scored
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Odor popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier singled to center
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman flied out to deep center
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to catcher
        • C. Gimenez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gimenez grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)