ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo sparked the Rangers with three hits and a walk from the top of the lineup, leading them to a 4-3 victory over the Padres at Globe Life Park Wednesday.
Choo had a single and scored in the first inning, had an RBI single in the two-run fifth and walked in the seventh when the Rangers manufactured the go-ahead run without a hit. The single in the fifth was the Rangers' only hit in 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
"The Padres actually played better than us tonight, but baseball always is about the team with the less mistakes, taking the extra bases, better baserunning," Choo said. "That's the kind of thing that altogether makes for better teams. That was a good example tonight."
The Padres built a 3-1 lead after two innings off home runs by Wil Myers and Erick Aybar. But they were just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Both starters -- Yu Darvish for the Rangers and Luis Perdomo for the Padres -- allowed three runs in six innings and were not involved in the decision. Jeremy Jeffress picked up the win for the Rangers in relief, with Matt Bush earning his second save. Padres reliever Brad Hand took the loss by allowing an unearned run in the seventh when second baseman Yangervis Solarte threw wide to first trying to complete a one-out double play.
"Brad's been great all year, couldn't ask for anything more from him," Padres manager Andy Green said. "Today he got a double-play ball to get out of the inning, and we didn't get it done."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED DeShields induces balk:Delino DeShields scored the tying run in the fifth when Perdomo balked with the bases loaded. DeShields, with the Rangers trailing 3-2, seemed to cause Perdomo to balk with his jockeying and feinting while leading off third base.
"When he was in his windup, [third base coach Tony] Beasley basically told me that when he yelled 'Go,' I was to give him two hard steps," DeShields said. "I guess he balked the same way in his last outing. We tried it earlier with [Rougned] Odor. It just happened to be me. We got the run, and it was huge."
Darvish RISP streak snapped: Darvish retired the first three batters he faced with runners in scoring position. That extended his streak to 36 consecutive at-bats with a runner in scoring position without allowing a hit and set a new club record. Darvish went one more at-bat than Charlie Hough in 1989. But the streak ended in the fourth when, with two out and Aybar at second base, Matt Szczur beat out an infield hit.
"After the second inning, I was able to make that adjustment so that I was able to go six, and that was good," Darvish said. "But more than anything, we won the game. That's more important than anything."
"When we win, it's a good win no matter how we do it. We just did everything we could today to win the game." -- Odor
REPLAY REVERSALS LEAD TO TROUBLE
DeShields tried to make a sliding catch of Hunter Renfroe's second-inning line drive and the ball popped out of his glove. The initial ruling was a catch, but the Padres challenged and the call was overturned. Renfroe was given a single and he scored on Szczur's double.
In the seventh, the Padres had runners at first and second when Cory Spangenberg hit a chopper at Odor. The Rangers turned it into an inning-ending double play, but the Padres challenged the safe call at first and got a reversal. That put runners at the corners with two outs, but Jeffress got Myers on a fly to right to end the inning.
THIRD CHALLENGE DOESN'T FLY
The Rangers scored the go-ahead run in the seventh after Hand walked DeShields and Choo with one out. Elvis Andrus hit a grounder right at Spangenberg, the Padres' third baseman, who went for the inning-ending double play. But second baseman Solarte's throw to first sailed past Myers, allowing DeShields to score. The Padres challenged that Choo interfered at second with Solarte, but this time there was no reversal.
TORRES LIKELY OK AFTER LINER SCARE
The Padres got a scare in the eighth inning when Odor lined a ball off left-handed reliever Jose Torres, who was hit on the inside of his right wrist. He was removed from the game after Padres staff went to the mound to evaluate him, but Green said he doesn't expect Torres to miss much, if any, time.
"It wasn't too swollen, he was able to move it and we think he's going to be OK," Green said.
WHAT'S NEXT Padres: Lefty Clayton Richard will move up a spot in the rotation to face the Rangers for a 5:05 p.m. PT game at Globe Life Park. The Rangers have struggled against left-handers this season, hitting only .192, and have just 14 extra-base hits in 285 plate appearances against southpaws.
Rangers: Left-hander Martin Perez makes his first start ever against the Padres at 7:05 p.m. CT. He is also trying to snap a four-game losing streak, tied for the longest active in the American League by a starter.