ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Christian Yelich kept coming up to bat in big situations. And the young leadoff hitter kept coming through for the Miami Marlins.
Yelich set career highs with four hits and four RBIs, including the go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning, as the Marlins beat the Texas Rangers 8-5 on Tuesday night for their record-tying 13th consecutive interleague victory.
"Oh really, that's awesome, I guess," Yelich said about the streak, after first asking what it was. "I guess we just like playing (AL teams) and play well against them."
The 13-game interleague winning streak matched the major league record shared by the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, who both reached that mark in 2004. The Marlins, 8-0 vs. American League teams this season, wrap up their quick two-game set in Texas on Wednesday.
"It's one of those baseball things you probably can't figure out," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I'm sure there's probably somebody a lot smarter than me that can figure it out, but we just go out there and try to win a ball game."
Yelich's single in the seventh inning sent home two unearned runs and put the Marlins ahead to stay, after the Rangers had taken the lead with a four-run sixth.
There was also his tiebreaking two-run double in the fourth and the hustling double in the sixth when he scored on Casey McGehee's two-out hit.
"That was a great play, a big momentum-builder for us," Redmond said. "Anytime you can press the issue with base runners, you put pressure on them and it fires the guys up."
Bryan Morris (5-0), the third Marlins pitcher, struck out two in 1 1-3 scoreless innings. Steve Cishek worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Texas right-hander Jason Frasor (1-1) was responsible for the two unearned runs while facing four batters.
Miami took advantage of second baseman Rougned Odor's fielding error on a potential double play in the seventh when Yelich's two-out single made it 6-5.
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