Big innings fuel Rangers in sweep
In two of the games, the Rangers were fueled by big innings.
On Friday, the Rangers scored six in the first inning on their way to a 14-3 victory.
The Rangers rolled seven runs in the second inning and added two more in the third Sunday to take a commanding 9-1 lead.
"If we have big innings it usually gives our pitchers some breathing room and our pitchers have been doing a great job all season long," Michael Young said. "But as an offense you always want to be there to support them and make sure that they have room to go out there and do what they do, which is to pump strikes and hopefully have some big innings. It was nice to see everyone contributre offensively one through nine. We have great contributors and it's definitely a great sign."
Sunday's seven-run second marked the fourth time this season the Rangers have scored seven-plus runs in an inning, the first time at home. In the majors this season, there have been 17 times in which a team scored at least seven runs in an inning -- with the Rangers having done so four times.
The Rangers' season-high for runs in an inning is eight. They did so twice: at Boston on April 17 and at Detroit in Game 1 of a double-header four days later.
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