“It’s a dream come true to hit home runs in the big leagues,” Mathisen said. “It was awesome.”
Benjamin was impressive through the first five innings of his first big-league start, giving up just one run on Mathisen’s solo homer. But the first two D-backs batters of the sixth reached on hard-hit singles, which started the decisive rally. The left-hander gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings.
Goody (0-2) took the loss, giving up three earned runs and recording only one out.
“Benjamin threw the ball pretty well, kept them off-balance the whole game,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “Ran into some quick trouble there in that sixth inning, but Goody threw some really good sliders, just the ones he kind of left up. They didn’t miss anything, that’s the big key.”
Sam Huff had two doubles for the Rangers. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had a triple and two RBIs.
D-backs starting pitcher Alex Young gave up three runs on six hits over five innings. Keury Mella (2-0) got…