It is spring. Leonys Martin is blossoming.

For the Rangers offense, which has stagnated for most of the first three weeks of the season, no development could be more important. Not even the continued growth of Martin Perez, who pitched a complete-game 12-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday, and who was the star among Rangers stars.

Perez, though, took his big step forward last year and has continued to build on it this year, now to the tune of 17 consecutive scoreless innings.

Martin has shown signs in the last week that he too might be about ready to take a big step forward. Those signs were all over the last two Rangers’ wins. In Friday’s win he was 3-for-5 and just a double shy of the cycle. In Thursday’s 8-6 win over Seattle, he keyed a pair of comeback rallies with sacrifice bunts. That is what Martin can do: One day deliver a bunt and the next deliver the fireworks.

“I think he and Mitch Moreland are two guys at the bottom of our lineup that if they do what they are capable of, we can have a very formidable lineup,” manager Ron Washington said. “Right now, they are throwing him strikes and he’s not missing them. He’s using the whole field. He’s at his best when he does that.”

When Moreland, who got Friday off, and Martin do what they are capable of, the Rangers’ lineup does not wilt.

The Rangers have won four straight and are 6-2 on their current homestand. Martin is 10-for-25 (.400) on the homestand. Moreland is 5-for-17 (.294), but has a .429 on-base percentage. Tough, disciplined plate appearances Wednesday and Thursday were big parts of those wins.

On Friday, Martin, hitting eighth, was one of four Rangers with three hits. Others included Jim Adduci, making his first start, and catcher Robinson Chirinos. Both were pleasant surprises and teams missing regulars need occasional performances like that. Neither, however, is expected to be a significant offensive contributor over the course of the season. Martin is.

He provided the biggest hit in the Rangers’ two-out, seven-run rally in the third that gave Perez complete control of the game. With two men on, Martin saw a fat first-pitch changeup from tiring Felipe Paulino and rocketed it into the right field corner for a two-run triple. And thus the onslaught began. Chirinos followed with a homer, and Alex Rios, the other Ranger to have three hits, laced a two-run single. The Rangers ended up hitting for the cycle — all after there were two outs in the inning. When it was done, they had a 9-0 lead, Paulino was all but done and Perez could get even more aggressive with his sinking fastball/changeup combo.