ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nick Tepesch is all about maintaining a level of consistency.
Tepesch (4-7, 4.46) faces the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, coming off a solid performance last week in Chicago.
He shut out the White Sox over 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, with one walk and two strikeouts in a 79-pitch effort. The Rangers won, 3-1, and extended their win streak to two games.
“Anytime you get the ball, you want to string together good starts,” said Tepesch, who will make his 14th start of the year. “Give the team a chance to win. For me, it’s not game-by-game, I go inning-by-inning and try to break it down more like that. I feel like if you do it like that you make it easier on yourself mentally and you’re not worried about what’s happened or what’s about to happen. It’s about happening right now.”
Tepesch had been on a personal four-game losing streak before that win in Chicago. While he pitched into the sixth inning in each of the losses during the streak, he left the game trailing.
In the White Sox game, he left with the lead.
“I feel like I commanded the ball pretty well the last couple times out and really that’s the name of the game,” he said. “As a pitcher, being able to do what you want with pitches and being effective (is important).”
Scoreless streak ends for bullpen: In Sunday’s victory over the Houston Astros, the Rangers bullpen picked up four scoreless innings. That was extended to five in the early stages of Mondays’ game as Phil Klein pitched a scoreless sixth in relief of Colby Lewis. Nate Adcock and Scott Baker allowed runs to score toward the end of a 7-0 loss to the Rays. Adcock has given up runs in his last two relief appearances.
Hitters' streaks: 3B Adrian Beltre reached base three times Monday night, marking the 19th time he’s done that this season. Beltre has reached base in five of the last eight plate appearances. Rougned Odor’s eighth-inning double extended his hitting streak to a season-high six games. His 17 extra base hits are tied for the fourth-most by a Rangers rookie since 2009.