Sampson's 1st win follows Leclerc as Rangers top Cards 7-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Sampson might not always have one-time Texas closer Jose Leclerc starting in front of him.

Worked pretty well this time, though.

Sampson got his first career win following Leclerc as the opener in his first major league start, Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo homered in a seven-run second inning and the Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Friday night.

''I'm not saying we are going to do it every time,'' manager Chris Woodward said. ''But this team is so top heavy, their best hitters are at the top.''

Leclerc struck out two in a perfect first inning. The right-hander was removed as the closer May 1 after two blown saves and twice being replaced in the ninth inning of games Texas went on to win.

Sampson (1-3) gave up seven hits and two runs - one earned - in 5 1/3 innings for the 27-year-old right-hander's first win in his 16th career appearance over three seasons, beginning with Seattle in 2016.

''It took me long enough, you know?''' Sampson said. ''I've just been through a lot, between getting called up and where I'm at now. Any time you pitch and it's been awhile, you start to think about it every inning. It was in my thoughts all the time. It's good to just get it out of the way.''

Joey Gallo had both his hits in the highest-scoring inning this season for Texas, which beat the Cardinals in their first game in Arlington since losing Game 5 of the 2011 World Series.

Gallo also had a throw from center field clocked at 95.8 mph , according to MLB's Statcast, when he got Kolten Wong trying to go from first to third on Harrison Bader's single in the seventh inning.

Texas has won all seven regular season games against St. Louis since the dramatic World Series loss that included the Rangers being a strike away from the title twice in Game 6. The Cardinals rallied for an 11-inning victory and won going away in Game 7, both wins at home.

Miles Mikolas (4-4), facing his former team for the first time, gave up nine hits and seven runs in 1 1/3 innings, the shortest outing in 52 starts for the right-hander's career. The Cardinals dropped to 4-12 since May 1, when they had the best record in the majors.

''To throw up a stinker like this is frustrating but I'm not going to let this discourage me from all the good things that I had been doing,'' said Mikolas, who was coming off three straight strong starts before letting his ERA in his old home ballpark rise to 16.71.

Odor and Choo each hit a sixth home run this season - Odor a three-run shot for a 4-0 lead and Choo a two-run homer for a 6-0 edge . Odor has three homers in two games.

Texas' big inning ended when Hunter Pence tried to score on a pitch that bounced and hit Yadier Molina in the mask. The catcher scrambled for the loose ball and dived back to the plate as Pence ran past without touching home. Molina made the tag before Pence got a hand on the plate.

After 13 Rangers batted in the second inning, four St. Louis relievers retired 18 of the final 20 Texas hitters with 10 strikeouts.

The first two runs for the Cardinals came home without a hit in the third. Bader scored when Odor mishandled Paul Goldschmidt's grounder, and Marcell Ozuna had an RBI fielder's choice. Bader hit a solo homer, his fourth of the season, with two outs in the ninth.

JUST ONE THROWBACK

Molina figures to be the only player to see action among those were part of the World Series eight years ago. Right-handers Lance Lynn of Texas, a rookie with the Cardinals back then, and Adam Wainwright of St. Louis won't start in the three-game series. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is on the injured list with a strained right hamstring.

CHAMPION HURLER

Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey threw out the ceremonial first pitch a little less than six weeks after winning her third national championship with the Lady Bears. Mulkey, celebrating her 57th birthday, wore a white No. 19 Texas uniform top with ''Mulkey'' on the back.

Crouching behind home plate, third base coach Tony Beasley didn't even have to move his glove on the throw from the former point guard who won national titles as a player and assistant coach at Louisiana Tech. Baylor beat Notre Dame 82-81 for the title.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (2-3, 4.61 ERA) is set for his first start against an AL West team. Both of his previous appearances against American League clubs were in relief, against Kansas City and Detroit as a rookie last year.

Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (1-1, 1.50) is set for his first start of the season and ninth of his career. The first eight were last season.

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  • W: A. Sampson (1-3)L: M. Mikolas (4-4)
  • HR: STL - H. Bader (4), TEX - S. Choo (6), R. Odor (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Goldschmidt 1B40010022.263.352.457.8090.0
P. DeJong SS40200012.318.408.541.9491.5
M. Ozuna LF40010013.226.306.512.8180.5
J. Martinez DH40200011.336.389.466.8552.5
Y. Molina C40000004.270.292.417.7100.0
D. Fowler RF30000100.281.406.395.8011.0
K. Wong 2B40100002.252.366.413.7791.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo RF41221020.293.394.513.9087.0
    W. Calhoun LF41200011.500.500.9381.4383.5
    H. Pence DH40200010.301.362.624.9861.5
    J. Gallo CF41210022.276.413.6571.0706.0
    A. Cabrera 3B31000024.226.307.435.7431.0
    L. Forsythe SS31110100.321.421.528.9494.0
    R. Odor 2B41131010.170.244.366.6107.5
    R. Guzman 1B40000020.196.281.510.791-1.0
    J. Mathis C31100020.153.197.208.4061.0
    J. Leclerc P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Martinez (8)
      • HR - H. Bader (4)
      • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (24), M. Ozuna (39), H. Bader (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Bader (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt, M. Ozuna, Y. Molina 3 (3), K. Wong 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Calhoun, J. Gallo (10)
      • HR - S. Choo (6), R. Odor (6)
      • RBI - S. Choo 2 (17), J. Gallo (32), L. Forsythe (22), R. Odor 3 (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Cabrera 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Gallo (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Carpenter-DeJong-Goldschmidt)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Gallo (6)
      • E - R. Odor (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Mikolas (L, 4-4)1.19770224.881.19-17.0
      G. Gallegos1.20001203.860.963.0
      T. Webb2.20000505.270.888.5
      J. Brebbia1.22000301.780.952.5
      A. Miller0.20000104.801.530.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Mikolas (L, 4-4)1.1
      G. Gallegos1.2
      T. Webb2.2
      J. Brebbia1.2
      A. Miller0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Leclerc1.00000205.941.684.0
      A. Sampson (W, 1-3)5.17221105.011.5512.5
      J. Chavez1.21000305.731.643.5
      C. Martin1.01110013.121.151.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Leclerc1.0
      A. Sampson (W, 1-3)5.1
      J. Chavez1.2
      C. Martin1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Mikolas
      • HBP - M. Mikolas (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 45-29, G. Gallegos 27-17, T. Webb 39-26, J. Brebbia 34-23, A. Miller 9-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 1-0, T. Webb 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 13, G. Gallegos 5, T. Webb 8, J. Brebbia 7, A. Miller 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Leclerc 12-8, A. Sampson 97-69, J. Chavez 23-15, C. Martin 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Leclerc 1-0, A. Sampson 9-6, J. Chavez 1-1, C. Martin 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Leclerc 3, A. Sampson 24, J. Chavez 6, C. Martin 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Carpenter 3B51100011.200.318.345.6631.5
      P. Goldschmidt 1B40010022.263.352.457.8090.0
      P. DeJong SS40200012.318.408.541.9491.5
      M. Ozuna LF40010013.226.306.512.8180.5
      J. Martinez DH40200011.336.389.466.8552.5
      Y. Molina C40000004.270.292.417.7100.0
      D. Fowler RF30000100.281.406.395.8011.0
      K. Wong 2B40100002.252.366.413.7791.0
      H. Bader CF42311000.234.366.416.7819.0
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      G. Gallegos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Choo RF41221020.293.394.513.9087.0
        W. Calhoun LF41200011.500.500.9381.4383.5
        H. Pence DH40200010.301.362.624.9861.5
        J. Gallo CF41210022.276.413.6571.0706.0
        A. Cabrera 3B31000024.226.307.435.7431.0
        L. Forsythe SS31110100.321.421.528.9494.0
        R. Odor 2B41131010.170.244.366.6107.5
        R. Guzman 1B40000020.196.281.510.791-1.0
        J. Mathis C31100020.153.197.208.4061.0
        J. Leclerc P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        A. Sampson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        C. Martin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Martinez (8)
          • HR - H. Bader (4)
          • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (24), M. Ozuna (39), H. Bader (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Bader (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt, M. Ozuna, Y. Molina 3 (3), K. Wong 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Calhoun, J. Gallo (10)
          • HR - S. Choo (6), R. Odor (6)
          • RBI - S. Choo 2 (17), J. Gallo (32), L. Forsythe (22), R. Odor 3 (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Cabrera 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Gallo (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Carpenter-DeJong-Goldschmidt)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Gallo (6)
          • E - R. Odor (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Mikolas (L, 4-4)1.19770224.881.19-17.0
          G. Gallegos1.20001203.860.963.0
          T. Webb2.20000505.270.888.5
          J. Brebbia1.22000301.780.952.5
          A. Miller0.20000104.801.530.5
          Total8.011771132---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Mikolas (L, 4-4)1.1
          G. Gallegos1.2
          T. Webb2.2
          J. Brebbia1.2
          A. Miller0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Leclerc1.00000205.941.684.0
          A. Sampson (W, 1-3)5.17221105.011.5512.5
          J. Chavez1.21000305.731.643.5
          C. Martin1.01110013.121.151.0
          Total9.0933161---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Leclerc1.0
          A. Sampson (W, 1-3)5.1
          J. Chavez1.2
          C. Martin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Mikolas
          • HBP - M. Mikolas (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 45-29, G. Gallegos 27-17, T. Webb 39-26, J. Brebbia 34-23, A. Miller 9-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 1-0, T. Webb 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 13, G. Gallegos 5, T. Webb 8, J. Brebbia 7, A. Miller 2
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Leclerc 12-8, A. Sampson 97-69, J. Chavez 23-15, C. Martin 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Leclerc 1-0, A. Sampson 9-6, J. Chavez 1-1, C. Martin 3-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Leclerc 3, A. Sampson 24, J. Chavez 6, C. Martin 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Bader homered to right37
          • 3RD INNING
            Ozuna reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Carpenter scored, Goldschmidt out at second27
            Goldschmidt reached on fielder's choice to second, Bader scored, Carpenter to second on 2nd baseman Odor fielding error17
          • 2ND INNING
            Gallo singled to right, Calhoun scored, Pence to third07
            Choo homered to right, Mathis scored06
            Odor homered to left center, Cabrera and Forsythe scored04
            Forsythe singled to left center, Gallo scored, Cabrera to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Chris Martin relieved Jesse Chavez
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler grounded out to first
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong grounded out to first
            • H. Bader: Foul, Strike looking, Bader homered to right
            • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, DeJong singled to right center
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Ozuna struck out on foul tip
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
            • Y. Molina: Foul, Molina lined out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Brebbia Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe flied out to center
            • Andrew Miller relieved John Brebbia
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Odor popped out to second
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong singled to deep right
            • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bader singled to right center, Wong out at third
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Adrian Sampson
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
            • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bader out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Brebbia Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Calhoun singled to left
            • H. Pence: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pence reached on an infield single to second, Calhoun to second
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to deep right
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Molina grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Webb Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Guzman lined out to second
            • John Brebbia relieved Tyler Webb
            • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to first
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, DeJong singled to shallow left
            • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ozuna reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, DeJong out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Webb Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Fowler grounded out to second
            • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Wong grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Bader: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bader grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Webb relieved Giovanny Gallegos
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pence flied out to deep left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • H. Bader: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bader singled to left
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Carpenter singled to right, Bader to third
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goldschmidt reached on fielder's choice to second, Bader scored, Carpenter to second on 2nd baseman Odor fielding error
            • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeJong lined out to center, Carpenter to third
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Carpenter scored, Goldschmidt out at second
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to right, Ozuna to third
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Molina flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • G. Gallegos Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Odor flied out to deep right
            • R. Guzman: Guzman popped out to shortstop
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mathis struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Adrian Sampson relieved Jose Leclerc
            • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ozuna flied out to deep center
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martinez doubled to deep right center
            • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Molina lined out to right, Martinez to third
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
            • K. Wong: Ball, Wong flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Mikolas Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Gallo doubled to deep right
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera hit by pitch
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Forsythe singled to left center, Gallo scored, Cabrera to second
            • R. Odor: Odor homered to left center, Cabrera and Forsythe scored
            • R. Guzman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • J. Mathis: Mathis singled to left center
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mathis to second on wild pitch, Foul, Choo homered to right, Mathis scored
            • W. Calhoun: Calhoun doubled to deep right
            • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Pence reached on an infield single to shortstop, Calhoun to third
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Gallo singled to right, Calhoun scored, Pence to third
            • Giovanny Gallegos relieved Miles Mikolas
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gallo stole second, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pence out at home, Pence out at home
            • End of the 2nd (7 Runs, 8 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Leclerc Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Goldschmidt struck out looking
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Mikolas Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo singled to center
            • W. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Choo out at second
            • H. Pence: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)