Rangers hitters break out in big way

April, 9, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers were struggling at the plate. Well, not the entire team.

Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz were nearly unstoppable for the Rangers. Heading into Friday night's game with the Mariners, the pair had 11 of the team's 16 hits.

Following the 6-2 victory over the Mariners, Cruz and Guerrero were still hitting: they combined for five of the 12 hits. However, Michael Young added two hits and Joaquin Arias chipped in two more. Josh Hamilton had his first hit of the season, an RBI double in the seventh to go along with a walk in the victory.

"It's just four games," said Cruz, who hit his third home run of the season and became just the sixth Texas batter to hit a homer three times in the teams first four games of a season. "It's about the team. It's about each other and that’s what we’ve been doing."

Guerrero has posted four consecutive multihit games to start his Rangers career, the second-longest such streak to open a season in franchise history. Guerrero is hitting .600 with three runs scored and is a liftime .354 hitter vs. Seattle.

"I've had a good approach and had some good at bats," Cruz said. "It's good to have Vlad in front of you."

Hamilton really needed to get going. He was 0-for-8 coming into the game with six strikeouts. But he drew a one out walk in the sixth inning to get a rally started. When it ended, the Rangers had scored four times and taken a commanding 5-1 lead.

"The walk to me was just as big as the other [at bats]," Hamilton said. "I felt more like my old self tonight, like I was toward the end of spring training, seeing pitches making them get the ball up. Thought I got a good first AB."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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