For the second time in three days, the Rangers offense was able to post a run total in the double digits, as Texas defeated the Houston Astros 13-6.
The Rangers got off to a quick start, with Daniel Robertson walking to lead off the game, and then scoring on an Elvis Andrus double.
Houston was also swift to score, as Marwin Gonzalez lead off with a single, and scored on a single from Dexter Fowler. After that run however, the Astros temporarily slowed down, and the offensive explosion begun for Texas.
Michael Choice hit a double, his first hit since returning to the majors, in the third, advanced to third on a single from Robertson, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Elvis Andrus.
In the fourth, the Rangers added three runs, taking clear control of the game. Adrian Beltre and Adam Rosales hit back-to-back singles, and Tomas Telis singled to score Beltre. Then, with two men on, Choice hit a home run to deep left field, bringing the score to 6-1 Rangers.
Back-to-back doubles from Alex Rios and Beltre brought a run in the fifth, and three consecutive singles from Rougned Odor, Choice and Robertson scored another run in the sixth.
The seventh was another strong inning for the Rangers, as they managed to put five more runs on the board. A throwing error by Jose Altuve allowed Alex Rios to reach second, and Beltre walked to put two men on to start the inning. Ryan Rua then singled, for the first hit of his major league career, to load the bases. Rosales singled, scoring Rios and Beltre for the first two runs of the inning. Then, Odor homered to right field clearing the bases and extending the Rangers lead over the Astros to 13-1.
Jason Castro hit a solo home run for the Astros in the bottom of the seventh. In the eighth, Houston added another run as single from Jesus Guzman scored Altuve. The run came off Alex Claudio, and was the first run he's allowed in seven games in the majors.
Houston made an attempt at cutting a ten-run deficit in bottom of the ninth, collecting three runs off Neal Cotts. Jon Singleton walked and Jake Marisnick and Gregorio Petit hit back-to-back singles to load the bases with no outs. Gonzalez doubled, scoring Singleton and Marisnick, and an error by Choice allowed Petit to score.
Scott Baker earned his second straight win, going six and a third innings, allowing only six hits and two earned runs in that time. With Derek Holland returning to the rotation Tuesday at Kansas City, it's likely that Baker will return to the bullpen. However, in the past two spot starts for the Rangers, he's been exactly what they've needed.
Every Ranger accounted for at least one of the 16 total hits, with Rosales and Choice each claiming three. Choice, who had been struggling since returning to the Rangers in Seattle, was a triple short of the cycle.
Miles Mikolas has been scratched from Saturday's start with fatigue in his right shoulder, Robbie Ross will make the start for the Rangers. Game time is slated for 6:10 p.m. CT.