Ex-Detroit Tiger catcher John Hicks leads Texas Rangers to 10-5 win on Tuesday
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — John Hicks became the first player to homer in his first four games with the Rangers-Washington Senators franchise and added a go-ahead single in the seventh inning to lead Texas over the Detroit Tigers 10-5 on Tuesday night.
Hicks, brought up from Triple-A Round Rock on June 29 after catcher Jose Trevino got hurt, hit a two-run homer of the left field foul pole in the fourth that put the Rangers ahead 2-1 in a four-run inning.
“Fortunately, I’ve gotten good pitches to hit and thankfully hit them well enough they went over the fence,” said Hicks, who played with the Tigers 2016-19.
“Ol’ Hicksy — I told him ‘Take it easy on me today,’ and he didn’t,” said Detroit catcher Jake Rogers, a Texas native whose family was present to see him homer off the batter’s eye in the sixth inning.
With the score 5-5 in the seventh, Adolis Garcia and Joey Gallo singled off Daniel Norris (0-3) with one out, Joe Jimenez relieved and Hicks singled to left, driving in Garcia. The ball eluded left fielder Eric Haase for an error as Gallo scored and Hicks advanced to third.
Haase, primarily a catcher but occasional outfielder, had tied the score when he hit a three-run homer off John King (7-5) as a pinch hitter in the top half. King had allowed Rogers’ solo homer in the sixth.