"How I pitched my last start, how I looked, how is my body language," Perez said Tuesday. "Do the same and win this game."
Perez, who'll face the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series, had to like what he saw in his last start. He pitched his first career complete game and first career shutout, blanking the Chicago White Sox on three hits Friday in a 12-0 Rangers victory and improving to 3-0. He threw only 109 pitches, 70 for strikes.
In his start before facing the White Sox, Perez threw eight shutout innings against the Houston Astros in a 1-0 Texas win. He'll take a 17-inning scoreless streak into Wednesday's' game.
"I just want to have the same [approach] and throw strikes," Perez said. "That's all. Throw strikes and attack the hitters. That's a big thing in this game."
Perez, who turned 23 on April 4, will face 24-year-old A's right-hander Sonny Gray, who is also 3-0.
"I just want to stay focused," Perez said. "I need just to do my job. Try to throw the ball down. I want to win again tomorrow."
Perez will face an A's lineup that is known for being patient at the plate.
"I know they don't swing a lot," Perez said. "They're just looking for one pitch. I want to attack them and get outs. I know they're going to look for my changeup tomorrow. I just want to move my ball well tomorrow."
Martinez battles back: Rangers rookie right-hander Nick Martinez, making his second career big-league start, survived a rough first inning and pitched five gritty innings Tuesday night against the A's. Martinez gave up six hits and four runs, only two of them earned, and received a no-decision in the Rangers' 5-4 win.
In the first inning, Martinez gave up two doubles, a single and two runs, but he got stronger as the game progressed.
"I think his nerves got to him a little bit in the first inning," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "After that he settled down and made pitches."
Said Martinez: "You just have to battle. You can't get down on yourself."