Big innings fuel Rangers in sweep

May, 27, 2012
5/27/12
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Over three games here, the Rangers outscored the Blue Jays, 34-16, for a three-game 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.
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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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.90 167 133
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 56
RA. Beltre 54
OPSA. Beltre .887
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167