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Wilmer Flores hits two home runs to beat the struggling Texas Rangers in the San Francisco Giants

ARLINGTON — Every time it looks like the Texas Rangers offense is about to take off, it crashes into the next wall.

This wall was erected on Friday night at Globe Life Field by San Francisco Giants right-hander Logan Webb.

Webb (5-5) held the Rangers to two runs on five hits and struck out six players in seven innings, helping the Giants win the series opener 5-2.

“Logan is tough. He's tough a lot of the time,” said Rangers manager Bruce Bochy. “I thought our guys fought.”

Michael Conforto's one-out two-run home run in the seventh inning against David Robertson gave the Giants a 4-2 lead. Robertson walked Matt Chapman with one out before Conforto.

Wilmer Flores hit solo home runs in the second and fourth innings against starter Michael Lorenzen to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.

The Giants scored another run in the eighth inning against Grant Anderson, who allowed the first three batters to get to first base on two singles and a walk.

June 7, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen (23) throws a pitch to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

June 7, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen (23) throws a pitch to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports / Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Lorenzen left the game after a one-out single and a walk in the fifth inning. He left the game with the score tied 2-2. He allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. Wilmer Flores hit solo home runs in the second and fourth innings against Lorenzen. It is Lorenzen's shortest appearance this season. He had pitched at least six innings in his last eight starts. The only start in which he did not pitch at least six innings was his debut with the Rangers on April 15, when he pitched five.

June 7, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb (62) throws a pitch to the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

June 7, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb (62) throws a pitch to the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports / Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers' offense is in crisis, and their troubles were clear to see Friday night: Their top four hitters combined to bat 1-for-16, with Marcus Semien having the only hit, no walks, and three strikeouts.
With Corey Seager benched because of a hamstring strain, Josh Smith batted second and Jonah Heim batted third. Adolis Garcia struck out twice and his batting average dropped to .219.

June 2, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (44) returns to the dugout in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Photo Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

June 2, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (44) returns to the dugout in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Photo Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Left-hander Andrew Heaney (2-6, 3.99) will face an unnamed Giants pitcher in Game 2 on Saturday at 3:05 p.m.

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