Rapid Reaction: Rangers 7, Oakland 2

May, 10, 2011
5/10/11
10:56
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers got a 7-2 win Tuesday behind a strong effort by Colby Lewis and some clutch hitting by a revamped lineup. The rubber match is Wednesday (BTW, we will have an in-game chat at 1 p.m. as the Rangers take on the A's in the final game of the series).

* Manager Ron Washington altered the lineup and got results. Washington said he just wanted to change things up with the team struggling. The different look produced seven runs on 10 hits.

* Lewis certainly did his job. It was an odd line. Lewis, who struck out a career-high 11 in his last outing, didn't strike out anybody Tuesday. But he went 7 1/3 innings and, on a night with no jet stream, got 16 outs in the air.

* Lewis stayed loose enough during a 59-minute rain delay to come out with one down in the sixth. He didn't seem to be as sharp, but got through the inning without allowing any more runs. Then he got through a quick seventh and, though his pitch count was more than 100, went out for the eighth. He got the first out and then, after a double by Cliff Pennington, came out of the game. But it was impressive how Lewis was able to get outs despite the long break.

* Can you imagine this offense without Michael Young? It seems that each day, the Rangers are thankful they didn't deal him. He had a two-RBI triple in the sixth to increase the Rangers' lead from 5-1 to 7-1. He had a single, double and triple in order and came up with two outs in the eighth needing a homer for the cycle. Young isn't one to change his approach no matter the situation, and he took a walk.

* One thing the Rangers have lacked the last few weeks are big two-out hits. They got one in the fifth when Adrian Beltre hit a homer to left-center to make the score 4-0. It ended a 15-game homerless drought for Beltre, who was just 2-for-13 on the homestand before Tuesday's game.

* Mike Napoli got in the act, hitting a double off left-handed reliever David Purcey to give the Rangers a 5-0 lead. Napoli didn't get a hit off lefty Brett Anderson, but did on Purcey. Napoli's batting average had dropped against lefties in recent weeks, but the Rangers acquired him this offseason to hit lefties, and he delivered in the fifth.

* For a team not getting the clutch hits, walks work just fine. The Rangers found that out in the fourth. After Young and Mitch Moreland singled, David Murphy came up with one out and took a walk after getting ahead 3-0. That loaded the bases for Napoli. He also got the count to 3-0 and then took a walk to bring home the first run of the game.

* Craig Gentry hit with one out and the bases loaded in the fourth and hit a hard ground ball through the hole at shortstop and third to drive in his first run of the season and make it 2-0.

* A's first baseman Daric Barton and catcher Kurt Suzuki combined to help keep the score just 2-0 in the fourth. A chopper to first by Julio Borbon was gloved by Barton and thrown to Suzuki. It was a low throw and Suzuki did a nice job to scoop it and keep his foot on the bag to get Murphy.

* The Rangers put two runners on to start the second inning and then couldn't get them home. Murphy came up against the lefty Anderson, but was not bunting. He struck out swinging as Anderson went to steady diet of breaking pitches. Napoli and Gentry also struck out.

* There was no jet stream, so Lewis wasn't worried about giving up fly balls. Hideki Matsui hit one to deep center in the fifth that likely would have gone out with any sort of wind, but it died at the warning track.

* Pennington ended Lewis' shutout bid with a 373-foot homer to right in the sixth. It was a solo shot and came on a 3-2 pitch. That was the 12th homer given up by Lewis this season.

* Darren Oliver came in with one on and one out in the eighth and got both hitters he faced, including Barton on a strikeout looking. Oliver came in to start the ninth and put a runner on thanks to a Beltre error.

* Neftali Feliz came in for a non-save situation and needed 20 pitches to get through the ninth inning.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182