With one swing of his bat the game’s first swing on its first pitch Ian Kinsler ended some of the Texas Rangers’ misery on offense.

His next swing two innings later helped a little bit more. Then Elvis Andrus took his turn fueling the beleaguered offense. Leonys Martin made a significant contribution as well.

On the mound starting pitcher Alexi Ogando kept pumping his fastball in the mid-90s through five strong innings and the key pieces in the bullpen finished just as strong.

The end result was the Texas Rangers’ first victory in nine days and at no point this season have they needed a win more than the one they recorded Tuesday night.

Kinsler and Andrus each homered and drove in three runs and Ogando allowed one run in five innings as the Rangers snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Martin doubled twice and homered in the ninth to help push the Rangers back into a tie atop the wild-card standings. But this win ultimately might do much more than that.

“You have to win one to get a streak going” right fielder Alex Rios said. “We haven’t lost the faith in our team. We just needed a game like this to get the team rolling.”

The Rangers did a little bit of everything on offense ending a seven-game streak without a homer and leading for the first time since the Sept. 8 win at Anaheim.

They also had productive outs and strung together quality at-bats in succession.

“Hopefully it gets us going doing what we know we can do” Rios said.

The Rangers were on the attack against Jeremy Hellickson who threw only 40 pitches before being removed after only 2 2/3 innings.

Kinsler didn’t wait long to get them going lining the first pitch he saw from Hellickson into the left-field seats for the Rangers’ first lead since Sept. 8.

His next swing in the third resulted in a two-run single after Mitch Moreland walked and Martindoubled to start the inning.

Andrus followed and drove his third homer of the season to left for a 5-0 lead. Andrus has three homers since Aug. 10 and is the Rangers’ leader in RBIs since Aug. 1 with 28.

But the shortstop said that the contributions by Kinsler and Ogando were bigger than his.

“It was huge that home run by Ian” Andrus said. “That just made the whole team relax. We hadn’t scored first in awhile and I think that helped Ogando too. He did a tremendous job.”