A burst of runs in the early innings combined with Yu Darvish on the mound gave the Rangers their second straight win, a 9-2 dominance over the Detroit Tigers.
After Adrian Beltre walked to lead off the second, a double from Alex Rios gave the Rangers their first run of the day. A single from Chris Gimenez would score Rios, and give Gimenez his first hit, and RBI, as a Texas Ranger.
Three more runs would come in third, as Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo scored on a two-run double from Adrian Beltre, and Beltre scored off an error from first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
A two-run homer from Choo in the fourth, his sixth of the year, would bring the Rangers to seven. Rios would single, Mitch Moreland would walk, Gimenez would single, and then a single from Choice would score Rios and Moreland, giving the Rangers their final two runs of the day.
Darvish earned his fourth win of the year, as he got the run support from the offense he so often lacks. It was another solid outing for Darvish, who threw seven complete innings, and gave up only two runs against a powerful Tigers offense.
“You have to be careful” said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “That team is a powerful offensive club, and they can hurt you up and down the lineup. Yu did a good job, gave up two runs, and that’s a pretty good statement right there.”
The man who caught Darvish, Gimenez, had a good game himself, hitting four singles in his second game since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock to replace J.P Arencibia. Gimenez is almost halfway to Arencibia’s hit total for the entire season, and he did it in only two games.
“Today ended up being a pretty darn good day” said Gimenez. “I was kinda so wrapped up in catching Yu, that I really didn’t pay much thought to my offense today. Maybe I should try that more often, it seemed to work.”
Scoring early has been crucial for the Rangers, as has played a major role in the past two wins. An injury plagued roster has made both scoring and pitching difficult for the team lately, but the leaders of the team have stepped up, and the rest of the lineup is starting to do the same.
“We know that’s what we need to do, especially right now with so many injuries” said Andrus. “We need to step up and score early, and keep scoring like we did today. Put the pressure on them, and let our pitcher get comfortable with the score.”
Outfielder Daniel Robertson excited the game in the game in the third, after colliding with Alex Rios on a Kinsler pop-up double. Robertson was taken to the hospital, passed preliminary concussion tests and all x-ray’s were negative.
Scott Baker makes his first start of the season Friday night, as the Rangers take on the Tigers for game two of the series. Game time is slated for 6:08 p.m. CT.