ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo is already having a positive influence at the top of the Texas Rangers lineup. Adrian Beltre has been clutch for them since 2011.
For the second night in a row, they played big in a winning ninth-inning rally.
Choo drew a bases-loaded, game-ending walk against Jonathan Papelbon as the Rangers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Wednesday to clinch the season-opening series.
"It's really special for us," said Choo, who signed a seven-year free-agent deal with the Rangers this winter.
"That's why you play nine innings, and that's what we do every night is play nine innings," manager Ron Washington said. "In the end, we did what we had to do. We got focused and put some good at-bats together and made things happen."
Beltre, whose ninth-inning single Tuesday night drove home Choo with the winning run, started this three-run rally with a leadoff single. After Mitch Moreland's double, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci had an RBI infield single and Leonys Martin singled home the tying run. Donnie Murphy walked on four pitches before Choo got to full-count pitch before walking.
Adduci reached on a slow roller down the third-base line with one out before Martin grounded a single through the drawn-in infield.
"The whole inning was kind of just one of those innings. You get a cue ball down the third base line. Then you get a double-play ball, which you think is the game-ending double play. It's not," said Papelbon, who gave up four hits and two walks while retiring only on batter. "My whole focus was get a ground ball, get a double play and get us out of the inning."
Seth Rosin (1-0) worked two scoreless innings for his first major league victory.
Moreland had a triple in the seventh and scored on Martin's two-out single.
"It's a nice way to start the season," Moreland said. "We really came together these last couple of games."
Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer and Kyle Kendrick allowed only one run over seven innings for the Phillies, who still haven't won a road series since Ryne Sandberg took over as their manager last August — first on an interim bases before getting the full-time gig.
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