Instant replay and observations from the Rangers’ 5-3 win at Detroit:
What you need to know: The Rangers pushed their winning streak to 10 games, now the fourth longest in club history and four short of the franchise record (1991). Just as important, Texas went on the road and carried the momentum from its eight-game homestand and addressed some problems they have been experiencing away from Arlington. Texas pushed its road record to 7-12.
Dude of the day: His day amounted to one swing of the bat, but it was a Dude swing. Joey Gallo has been battling a tremendous slump and struck out twice to start the game. But he hung in there, worked a 2-0 count and then launched a monstrous blast to right field with an exit velocity of 115 mph and a projected distance of 439. That gave Texas a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning and control of the game.
Rotation report: The starters keep mowing through the opposition. Nick Martinez allowed no earned runs in five innings and handed the ball to the bullpen in the fifth inning with a 5-1 lead. Martinez walked one, and struck out four. He threw 59 of 92 pitches for strikes. Rangers starters entered the game with a 2.77 ERA in 13 games, and have pushed into the best in the Majors in starter’s ERA with that performance. The Rangers have an MLB-best 27 quality starts on the season.
Did you know? Pete Kozma is the Rangers’ No. 3 catcher. Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that in games where he uses Robinson Chirinos as the catcher and Jonathan Lucroy as the designated hitter, Kozma is the No. 3 catcher. Banister said Kozma will go down and catch warmup in the bullpen between innings sometimes to keep fresh.
Griffin has been strong on road: Saturday starter A.J. Griffin has earned four of Rangers’ seven road wins this season. He will be working on an extended rest of five days because the Rangers had Monday off.
Running Rangers: Texas has now scored five or more runs in in eight straight games, just the fourth time since 2008 the…