Adrian Beltre homered and scored four runs, and all nine Rangers in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit in a 10-3 victory over the Angels in Anaheim, California Wednesday night.
The Rangers recorded seven stolen bases in the contest, and their speed once again created opportunities. Three of the baserunners to steal a base would go on to score in the game.
The games Tuesday and Wednesday games mark the first time in club history that the Rangers have swiped six or more bases in consecutive games. The Rangers stole six bags Tuesday night. Leonys Martin became the first major league player to steal at least three bases in consecutive games since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2008.
For the second consecutive night, the Rangers gained an early lead in the top of the first, only to have it erased in the next half-inning. And for the second consecutive night, Mike Trout had something to do with it.
Trout blasted a two-run home run to the rocks in left-center field at Angel Stadium to erase a Mitch Moreland sacrifice fly that put the Rangers on the board first.
But the Rangers' bats had an answer. In fact, they had nine answers in an offensive explosion.
Jurickson Profar recorded an RBI single that traveled about 75 feet, just out of reach of Angel reliever J.C. Gutierrez. Adrian Beltre, appearing to move much more gracefully on his injured leg, scored his second run of the game on the play.
Beltre smashed a two-run home run down the left field line in the sixth inning to pad the Ranger lead. The four-bagger came just two pitches after Beltre roped a 2-1 pitch just to the foul side of the foul pole in left.
Leonys Martin lofted a sacrifice fly to left for the eighth Ranger run in the seventh, and David Murphy laced a one-out, bases-loaded double to bring home runs no. nine and 10.
These Rangers, who have won four games in a row and nine of the last ten, have been productive at the dish of late.
The Rangers’ leadoff batter reached base five times Wednesday, and all five scored in the game.
Even the outs have been productive for the Texas bats. The Rangers recorded two sacrifice flies Wednesday, as well as an RBI ground out by Adrian Beltre. Profar hit a no-out ground ball to second in the seventh that moved Craig Gentry 90 feet from home. Gentry would score on the second of the Rangers’ two sacrifice flies.
After the first inning, Alexi Ogando was in the zone on the bump. The righty surrendered just four baserunners through the next four innings before turning it over to the Ranger bullpen.
A strikeout of Hank Conger on a 96 mph fastball and a line-drive double play off the bat of Josh Hamilton highlighted the Angels’ line of zeros on Ogando’s ledger.
Five arms pitched in relief of Ogando, who threw 97 pitches (60 strikes) in his five innings of work.
Jason Frasor pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Robbie Ross surrendered the only run given up by the Ranger bullpen in the seventh, and Neal Cotts relieved Ross with two outs in that seventh inning.
Joakim Soria dealt a three up, three down eighth inning, and Ross Wolf closed the game with a scoreless ninth.
The Rangers are now 15 games over .500 and in a tie for the division lead with Oakland, which has lost six-of-seven.
Thursday is an off day for the Rangers as they travel to Houston to start a four-game set with the Astros on Friday.
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