Though second baseman Ian Kinsler began Thursday in a 1-for-30 slump that stretched two more at-bats into the game before he got a hit, Washington said he has no plans to take Kinsler out of the leadoff spot.

After fly outs in his first two at-bats, Kinsler singled up the middle in the fourth to drive home the Rangers' fourth run of the game.

"He wants to get it done so badly," Washington said. "You just have to weather the storm. I think people get tired of seeing the pop-ups. They get frustrated, but nobody is more frustrated than Ian."

Kinsler entered the game averaging 0.73 ground balls for every fly ball hit this season. It ranked as the third-worst in the AL behind Chicago teammates Adam Dunn and Carlos Quentin.