David Murphy boosts offense with 2 HRs, 5 RBIs
“It was fun," Murphy said. "It was just one of those games where everything was clicking and everything just comes together. The main thing is we won the game tonight.”
Murphy broke open the second inning with a three-run bomb, down 0-2 in the count, to put the Rangers up 4-0. Then in his next at-bat in the fourth, he hit a 411-foot solo-shot off Tigers starter Doug Fister. He added his fifth RBI on a single in the next inning. Then he added a single in the seventh for good measure. He flied out in the eighth.
“The first one, I’m just trying to get the runners over in that situation," Murphy said. "Fortunately I stayed small enough and I got enough of the barrel on it to where I could elevate it. Sometimes you’re fortunate like that.”
Murphy matched a career high in RBIs and also snagged his first RBI off of a lefty this season. The last time Murphy had five RBIs was in June 2008 against the Kansas City Royals. Wednesday night's game was also the fourth multiple-home run game of Murphy's career, the last one coming against the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 13, 2011. Murphy's four hits against the Tigers were also a season high.
"It was awesome," Ron Washington said. "We needed everything David gave us, especially that three-run home run right there. That was huge. Then, he comes back and hits a solo. And he gets an opportunity against a lefty and delivers there. Gets another opportunity against a lefty and delivered there. He was swinging the bat extremely well tonight. I tip my hat to David."
As great as his performance was, it didn't exactly come out of nowhere. Murphy has been playing exceptionally well lately, batting .400 in his last 14 games. He has brought his average up from .252 to .283 and doesn't seem to be cooling down any time soon.
With one of the hottest bats in the lineup, Murphy said he is focused on the upcoming series with the AL West rival Oakland A's.
“They’re a good team," Murphy said. "We haven’t played to our capabilities within our division this year. We just need to focus and continue what we’re doing right now.”
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