The hits kept coming Friday night for the Texas Rangers, and especially for Nelson Cruz. The right fielder had four hits, including a grand slam that gave him a career-high-tying eight RBIs. It was one of those nights for the Rangers' offense, which produced a double-digit run total for the ninth time this season. But the key moment for the offense might have been its first. Ian Kinsler worked Brandon Morrow for 13 pitches before taking a walk, and the Rangers would score six times in the first on their way to a 14-3 cakewalk over Toronto in the opener of a three-game series. The outburst from a struggling group of hitters provided plenty of support for Derek Holland, who allowed two runs and struck out a season-high nine in 7 1/3 innings. Josh Hamilton homered for the first time in 11 games, giving him 19 on the year; Yorvit Torrealba hit his first of the season; and Cruz was one of four players with at least three hits. Kinsler had two hits, but his first walk since May 13 got the Rangers started. "It was an at-bat that started everything that culminated in what happened at the end of the ballgame, and that was us putting up 14 runs," manager Ron Washington said. "It did set everything up. There's no doubt about it. I don't care how good of a pitcher you are. If you have throw that man pitches under the conditions he was throwing them under ... it has to take a lot out of you." Kinsler fouled off six straight pitches from Morrow after the count went full. Pitch No. 13 was a slider that Kinsler didn't chase.
Cruz has 8 RBIs, Rangers roll
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | May 26