Choo extends streak as Rangers blank Tigers 3-0

DETROIT (AP) After grounding into a double play to end the top of the seventh inning, Shin-Soo Choo still held out hope that he'd have another chance to extend his on-base streak.

''I still believed I'd get another at-bat,'' Choo said.

Choo's Texas teammates came through, reaching base enough times to bring him back to the plate with two outs in the ninth, when he hit an infield single to extend the streak to 47 games. Choo surpassed Julio Franco's club record of 46 games, set in 1993 - and the Rangers blanked the Detroit Tigers 3-0 on Sunday.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched impressively into the sixth inning for Texas, and Jurickson Profar homered in the first.

Choo reached on an error in the second, but he was without a hit or a walk after seven innings. The Rangers sent five men to the plate in the eighth, and Ronald Guzman's one-out single in the ninth allowed Choo to bat again. He hit a slow grounder to third and made it to first without a throw.

''I don't know how I did it - 47 games already,'' Choo said. ''A lot of people helped, especially my teammates.''

Bibens-Dirkx (2-2) allowed three hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five. Jose Leclerc struck out five in 1 2/3 hitless innings of relief for Texas. Jake Diekman pitched the eighth, and Keone Kela finished for his 22nd save in 22 chances.

Texas manager Jeff Banister was ejected in the second inning after one of his players was called out for interference.

Michael Fulmer (3-8) allowed two earned runs and five hits in seven innings.

''He got us deep into the game and gave us a chance, but we didn't do anything offensively,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Detroit scored seven runs in the first inning of a win Saturday, but the Tigers have not crossed the plate since. This time it was Texas that took the lead in the opening inning on a solo homer by Profar.

The Rangers went ahead 2-0 in the second on an RBI single by Guzman. With men on first and second, Carlos Tocci dropped a bunt and was hit by the throw as he neared first. The ball bounced away, and it looked like Texas had scored another run, but Tocci was called out for interference, and the runners were sent back to first and second.

Banister argued and was ejected. Choo followed with a grounder that skipped past first baseman John Hicks for an error, and a run scored on that play to make it 3-0.

ALL-STARS

Choo was named to his first All-Star team Sunday. He said he found out before the game.

''I try to focus myself. Very exciting but I tell myself, still same poker face, same body language,'' Choo said. ''It's hard to do.''

Detroit's representative was a bit of a surprise. Reliever Joe Jimenez was rewarded for posting a 2.85 ERA in 41 innings.

''There were a lot of tears. I started crying as soon as Gardy told me, and so did my family when I told them,'' Jimenez said. ''This is what you dream about when you start playing baseball - getting a chance to play with all of the best players.''

TOSSED

It was the 14th ejection of Banister's managerial career and his third this season.

''It looked like to me he was on the line - kind of splitting hairs there. We've seen some more egregious situations that weren't called,'' he said. ''However, it's the judgment of the umpire. He makes the call. Apparently it was just a situation where I said a little too much.''

TRANSACTIONS

Texas acquired RHPs Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr and OF Austin Jackson from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later or cash.

Tigers INF Dixon Machado was sent outright to Triple-A Toledo. Detroit also optioned RHP Artie Lewicki to Toledo.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Texas moved RHPs Matt Bush (right elbow strain) and Tony Barnette (right shoulder strain) to the 60-day DL.

Tigers: OF Nicholas Castellanos was a late scratch with mild left wrist soreness. ... Detroit announced that RHP Drew VerHagen (nasal fracture) will be reinstated from the DL before Monday's game.

UP NEXT

Texas LHP Mike Minor (6-4) takes the mound Monday night against Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3) in the start of a three-game series at Boston.

Detroit begins a three-game set at Tampa Bay, with Tigers LHP Francisco Liriano (3-5) starting against RHP Chris Archer (3-4).

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  • W: A. Bibens-Dirkx (2-2)L: M. Fulmer (3-8)S: K. Kela (22)
  • HR: TEX - J. Profar (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Profar SS51111002.247.326.443.7696.0
N. Mazara RF10000302.269.332.455.7873.0
A. Beltre 3B40100022.295.358.414.7730.0
R. Odor 2B30100101.236.314.368.6822.0
J. Gallo LF31000112.188.294.446.7411.5
I. Kiner-Falefa C41100001.254.325.353.6782.0
R. Guzman 1B40310010.255.329.436.7653.5
C. Tocci CF40000034.061.184.061.245-1.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jones CF40100032.220.276.383.658-1.5
    J. Candelario 3B40000022.228.328.431.759-1.0
    N. Goodrum 2B40100010.251.324.457.7810.5
    J. Hicks 1B40000031.279.328.442.770-1.5
    J. Adduci DH20000110.214.267.214.4810.5
    M. Mahtook LF30000021.204.240.269.509-1.0
    J. McCann C20100100.222.270.319.5882.0
    J. Iglesias SS30100002.274.310.381.6911.0
    V. Reyes RF20000101.235.244.309.5531.0
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Profar (9)
      • RBI - J. Profar (46), R. Guzman (33)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Jones (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Profar-Odor-Guzman; Profar-Odor-Guzman)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Candelario-Goodrum-Hicks; Goodrum-Iglesias-Hicks; Goodrum-Iglesias-Hicks)
      • E - J. Hicks (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 2-2)5.13001503.711.3220.5
      J. Leclerc (H, 10)1.20001502.230.994.5
      J. Diekman (H, 11)1.00001003.451.502.0
      K. Kela (S, 22)1.01000203.381.0910.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 2-2)5.1
      J. Leclerc (H, 10)1.2
      J. Diekman (H, 11)1.0
      K. Kela (S, 22)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fulmer (L, 3-8)7.05323614.111.2712.0
      B. Farmer0.11001004.581.70-2.0
      D. Stumpf0.20001005.491.83-1.0
      V. Alcantara1.02000100.001.501.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fulmer (L, 3-8)7.0
      B. Farmer0.1
      D. Stumpf0.2
      V. Alcantara1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Bibens-Dirkx
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Bibens-Dirkx 81-53, J. Leclerc 33-22, J. Diekman 12-6, K. Kela 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Bibens-Dirkx 4-5, J. Diekman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Bibens-Dirkx 18, J. Leclerc 6, J. Diekman 3, K. Kela 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 99-68, B. Farmer 14-6, D. Stumpf 7-2, V. Alcantara 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 9-5, D. Stumpf 1-0, V. Alcantara 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 28, B. Farmer 3, D. Stumpf 2, V. Alcantara 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo DH50100001.293.399.504.9031.0
      J. Profar SS51111002.247.326.443.7696.0
      N. Mazara RF10000302.269.332.455.7873.0
      A. Beltre 3B40100022.295.358.414.7730.0
      R. Odor 2B30100101.236.314.368.6822.0
      J. Gallo LF31000112.188.294.446.7411.5
      I. Kiner-Falefa C41100001.254.325.353.6782.0
      R. Guzman 1B40310010.255.329.436.7653.5
      C. Tocci CF40000034.061.184.061.245-1.5
      Total3338215715-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jones CF40100032.220.276.383.658-1.5
        J. Candelario 3B40000022.228.328.431.759-1.0
        N. Goodrum 2B40100010.251.324.457.7810.5
        J. Hicks 1B40000031.279.328.442.770-1.5
        J. Adduci DH20000110.214.267.214.4810.5
        M. Mahtook LF30000021.204.240.269.509-1.0
        J. McCann C20100100.222.270.319.5882.0
        J. Iglesias SS30100002.274.310.381.6911.0
        V. Reyes RF20000101.235.244.309.5531.0
        Total2804003129-----
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Profar (9)
          • RBI - J. Profar (46), R. Guzman (33)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Jones (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Profar-Odor-Guzman; Profar-Odor-Guzman)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Candelario-Goodrum-Hicks; Goodrum-Iglesias-Hicks; Goodrum-Iglesias-Hicks)
          • E - J. Hicks (8)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 2-2)5.13001503.711.3220.5
          J. Leclerc (H, 10)1.20001502.230.994.5
          J. Diekman (H, 11)1.00001003.451.502.0
          K. Kela (S, 22)1.01000203.381.0910.0
          Total9.04003120---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 2-2)5.1
          J. Leclerc (H, 10)1.2
          J. Diekman (H, 11)1.0
          K. Kela (S, 22)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fulmer (L, 3-8)7.05323614.111.2712.0
          B. Farmer0.11001004.581.70-2.0
          D. Stumpf0.20001005.491.83-1.0
          V. Alcantara1.02000100.001.501.5
          Total9.0832571---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fulmer (L, 3-8)7.0
          B. Farmer0.1
          D. Stumpf0.2
          V. Alcantara1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Bibens-Dirkx
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Bibens-Dirkx 81-53, J. Leclerc 33-22, J. Diekman 12-6, K. Kela 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Bibens-Dirkx 4-5, J. Diekman 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Bibens-Dirkx 18, J. Leclerc 6, J. Diekman 3, K. Kela 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 99-68, B. Farmer 14-6, D. Stumpf 7-2, V. Alcantara 17-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 9-5, D. Stumpf 1-0, V. Alcantara 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 28, B. Farmer 3, D. Stumpf 2, V. Alcantara 5
          • 2ND INNING
            Choo safe at first on 1st baseman Hicks fielding error, Kiner-Falefa scored, Guzman to second30
            Guzman singled to left, Gallo scored, Kiner-Falefa to second20
          • 1ST INNING
            Profar homered to right center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Guzman singled to center
            • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Tocci struck out looking
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo reached on an infield single to third, Guzman to second
            • J. Profar: Profar flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Keone Kela relieved Jake Diekman
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Candelario fouled out to third
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum singled to center
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Buck Farmer relieved Michael Fulmer
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Profar fouled out to left
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Foul, Beltre singled to center, Mazara to second
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Buck Farmer
            • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Odor walked, Mazara to third, Beltre to second
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Odor out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Diekman relieved Jose Leclerc
            • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Iglesias lined out to center
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reyes grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, McCann out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Guzman singled to left center
            • C. Tocci: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tocci struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Choo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Guzman out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Leclerc Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • J. Adduci: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adduci walked
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Mahtook struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Odor grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • J. McCann: McCann lined out to center
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Iglesias singled to right center
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Iglesias to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Austin Bibens-Dirkx
            • J. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Jones struck out on foul tip
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Profar fouled out to third
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked
            • A. Beltre: Strike swinging, Beltre grounded into double play third to second to first, Mazara out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Adduci: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Adduci flied out to right
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Mahtook grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • R. Guzman: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Tocci struck out looking
            • S. Choo: Choo flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Candelario popped out to shortstop
            • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Odor reached on bunt single to pitcher
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike looking, Gallo flied out to left
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa lined out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann singled to right
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Iglesias grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, McCann out at second
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Reyes flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa singled to center, Gallo to second
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guzman singled to left, Gallo scored, Kiner-Falefa to second
            • C. Tocci: Tocci grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo safe at first on 1st baseman Hicks fielding error, Kiner-Falefa scored, Guzman to second
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Profar grounded out to third, Guzman to third, Choo to second
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Mazara grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • J. Adduci: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Choo grounded out to second
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Profar homered to right center
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked
            • A. Beltre: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Beltre struck out looking
            • R. Odor: Ball, Odor flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones singled to right
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Jones caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Goodrum flied out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)