BALTIMORE -- Brandon Snyder, who was traded from Baltimore to Texas for cash considerations in January, had a career-high six RBIs, including a three-run homer to spark the Rangers to a 14-3 win. Starter Matt Harrison appeared to figure out his mechanics Monday, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings of work. The lefty shut out the Orioles for five innnings, but allowed home runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
What it means: The Rangers scored 14 runs Monday, including seven in the ninth inning. They scored just 10 runs in the entire three-game series in Cleveland. Texas last scored seven or more runs and won a game on April 28 vs. Tampa Bay.
Career night for Snyder: Snyder made the start at third base Monday, but manager Ron Washington said it had nothing to do with Snyder playing against his old team. Snyder, 25, belted a two-strike single up the middle to drive in Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre in the second inning to give Texas a 2-0 lead. He then blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning to turn a 4-0 game into a seven-run advantage. He added an RBI single in the ninth. The six RBIs were a career-high for Snyder, who is from Virginia and had a nice group of family and friends at Camden Yards. ... Snyder was drafted in the first round by the Orioles in 2005 and traded to Texas for cash considerations on Jan. 3. The Rangers needed a right-handed hitter on the bench, and Snyder earned the job in spring training. ... He's the third Rangers rookie with six or more RBIs in a game.
Cool offense gets hot: The Rangers have struggled to score runs consistently on the road trip, but they pounded the ball Monday. They had 19 hits and scored 14 runs. It's the fifth time this season they've scored in double-digits and the second-most runs (they scored 18 against the Boston Red Sox on April 17). In fact, only one of the club's five double-digits games have come at home.
Harrison solid: Harrison, who was coming off two lackluster starts, had it going Monday. He got ahead of hitters, found his rhythm and was efficient. He threw 54 pitches in his first five innings. After that, he did run into some trouble as his pitches got up a little. Baltimore hit home runs in the sixth and seventh innings off him, accouting for all three runs. Still, after struggling in his previous two outings, it was a quality start and he got plenty of run support. He ended up allowing the three runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Going to right field: Michael Young has been struggling lately -- just 11-for-53 in his last 13 games before Monday -- but did what the game asked him to do in the third, hitting a ball hard to right field and deep enough to score Ian Kinsler from third. He went the other way again in the sixth, singling off the wall to lead off the inning. ... He did pull a ball, but it was a home run to left-center in the ninth, making it a 9-3 game. Young was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Beltre running gingerly: Beltre said before the game that he was going to run station to station and there would be some limping out there. He was right. The cleanup hitter, making his first start in a week, walked on four pitches to start the second inning and carefully went to third on Cruz's double down the right-field line. His hamstring isn't quite good enough to be tagging up on balls that aren't super deep or trying to take another base on a dirt ball. Beltre said he's going to play it smart on the bases.
Setting the table: Kinsler continues to give the Rangers a spark at the top of the order. He got on to lead off the first and third, scoring in the third. It was his 29th run scored this season, the top mark in the AL.
Napoli with big hit: Catcher Mike Napoli said before Monday's game that he didn't feel real comfortable at the plate. But he's usually at his best the more pitches he sees. And he worked the count to 3-2 with no outs and two men on in the sixth and delivered a ground ball hit through the hole between shortstop and third. It was just his third hit of the road trip (was 2-for-18 before Monday). The RBI put the Rangers up 4-0.
Double plays: Part of the reason Harrison kept his pitch count down was double plays. Both of them ended innings. Harrison covered the bag on a 3-6-1 double play to end the first and a 6-4-3 double play to end the fourth.
Cruz getting warmer?: Cruz came into Monday's game just 3-for-26 on the road trip and batting .216 on the season. But he had a double and two infield singles and scored two runs. It was his fourth three-hit game of the season and first since April 19 in Detroit.
Hamilton homers: Josh Hamilton was the only Rangers starter without a hit before he crushed a homer in the ninth inning. The two-run long ball was Hamilton's first homer of the road trip and his first since April 27 vs. Tampa Bay. It was his 10th of the season, tops in the AL.
Ogando perfect: Alexi Ogando faced three batters in the eighth and struck out two of them, needing just 11 pitches (nine of them strikes).
No more reserved seats for Angels series: All reserved seats have been sold for the Rangers-Angels series this weekend at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. If you want to go, there are still about 2,000 standing room only tickets available for each game and a few obstructed view seats. You can purchase those by phone, online or in person.
Up next: Neftali Feliz takes the mound on Tuesday for the second game of this four-game series. Feliz is hoping to improve after giving up four runs in five innings against Toronto with a career-high six walks.