Deep in the heart of the Lone Star State, the locals have colorful ways of expressing themselves.

"Hotter than a stolen tamale" or "Hotter than a honeymoon hotel" are typically reserved for front-porch chitchats about the infernal weather.

But those time-honored Texas tidbits provide apt descriptions for the Rockies and their budding star, Nolan Arenado.

The Rockies hit Globe Life Park like a Texas tornado Wednesday night, crushing the Rangers 9-2 as Arenado went 3-for-5 with two doubles and tied the franchise record by hitting in his 27th consecutive game.

"It's pretty cool, pretty cool," Arenado said.

The Rockies, who got a solid, six-inning start from lefty Jorge De La Rosa, beat the Rangers for the third straight game and won for the 16th time in their past 22 games. It's not Rocktober, exactly, but good enough to move Colorado within percentage points of the first-place San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

Arenado wasted no time putting his name next to teammate Michael Cuddyer's in the Rockies' record book. Arenado drilled a 3-1 pitch from Texas right-hander Colby Lewis into left field for a two-run double in the first inning, scoring Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.