As a baseball rule of thumb bad teams generally don’t have good bullpens and good teams usually do.

Anyone looking to bend that rule can look at the way the Texas Rangers have feasted on lousy relievers during their recent hot stretch and can zero in on their game Wednesday night at Rangers Ballpark.

Milwaukee’s bullpen was in a giving mood and the Rangers took all they could get.

Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler drove in two runs apiece and each had a hand in the walk-fueled go-ahead rally as the Rangers snuck past the Brewers for a 5-4 victory and a split of the two-game series.

Matt Garza had his worst and shortest start since joining the Rangers allowing four runs in only 52/3 innings. Juan Francisco produced each run on homers in the second and fourth innings but Garza allowed eight hits walked two and hit another.

He was bailed out by 31/3 scoreless innings by four Rangers relievers and a wild seventh inning by the Brewers’ bullpen helped keep the Rangers atop the American League West.

“We’re a smart team” Kinsler said. “We’re able to make adjustments throughout the game and put ourselves in good situations late in games. It would be nice if we were able to do that a little earlier but sometimes it doesn’t work that way.”

The Rangers entered the bottom of the seventh down 4-2 having been shut down the previous three innings by Brewers starter Tyler Thornburg. But he was lifted for Michael Gonzalez who walked pinch hitter Craig Gentry and Jurickson Profar to start the frame.

John Axford replaced Gonzalez to face pinch hitter Jeff Baker who took four straight balls to load the bases. After Leonys Martin struck out Andrus ripped a single to left to plate Gentry.

Blake Badenhop received the next chance to shut down the inning but he fell behind Kinsler 2-0 before the second baseman lined another single to left to score Profar and Baker.

That was enough for the Rangers who had already received 11/3 scoreless innings from Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor (4-2). Tanner Scheppers breezed through the eighth and Joe Nathan worked a 1-2-3 ninth to give the Rangers nine wins in their past 10 games.

“We play all nine innings” Kinsler said. “The ideal situation is you’d like to score every inning you’d like to score 12 runs every game but that’s not realistic. We feel like we have an opportunity to score every inning with our lineup. Lately that’s just the way it’s been working out.”