ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers bunched all three of their hits in the sixth inning, rallying from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 victory before 31,595 Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Park.
The Rangers (56-92) won back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 24-25 and dealt the Braves' wild-card hopes another setback.
Teheran was untouchable for five no-hit innings, facing the minimum 16 batters until Rangers third baseman Luis Sardinas broke up the no-hitter in the sixth with a single. The inning should have ended on Leonys Martin’s dying fly ball to left field, but Justin Upton dropped it for an error.
The Rangers leaped on the break. Elvis Andrus singled to right to cut the Braves' lead to 2-1. Odor followed with the big hit of the game.
Strong debut: Lisalverto Bonilla went six innings in his first major league start, limiting the Braves to four hits and two runs. None of the four walks issued by the 24-year-old right-hander caused any damage.
Bonilla became the 15th different starter used by the Rangers this season, tying Colorado for the most in the majors. The Rangers used 17 starters in 1973 and 2004, 16 in 2003 and 15 in 2007 and 2008.
Spoiler role: Sardinas broke up Teheran’s no-hitter with a looping single to left-center in the sixth inning. Earlier in the at-bat, Sardinas narrowly ducked out of the way of Teheran’s high and tight fastball. He took a little extra time before stepping back into the box and two pitches later, he singled.
Defensive gems: Adam Rosales turned a bad-hop grounder off the bat of Ramiro Pena into an out with some fast reflexes that momentarily put him in the sitting position on the infield dirt. He regained his footing and flipped to Bonilla for an out.
Sardinas, making only his third start at third base, started a snappy around-the-horn double play in the fourth.
Not-so-great D: Center fielder Leonys Martin seemed to get a bad jump on Phil Gosselin’s two-out looper. Martin’s late charge wasn’t enough to prevent the ball from falling for an RBI single for the game’s first run in the third inning.
Bullpen work: The Rangers got solid relief work from Roman Mendez, Michael Kirkman, Spencer Patton and finally Neal Cotts for the save. But there were a couple of scares on fly balls by Freeman off Kirkman and Chris Johnson off Cotts.
Early bird: This afternoon’s 12:07 start was a minute shy of equaling the earliest start for a game since Globe Life Park opened in 1994. First pitch was delivered at 12:06 for a Sept. 14 game last season against Oakland.
Up next: The Rangers and Braves conclude their three-game series at 2:05 p.m. Sunday with right-hander Colby Lewis (9-13, 5.29 ERA) facing off against Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor (6-10, 4.58) on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.