Extra Bases: Rangers turn power back on

September, 18, 2013
9/18/13
8:10
AM CT


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The power is back on.

The Rangers launched three home runs in Tuesday's 7-1 victory over the Rays, ending a seven-game power drought and losing streak. Oh how nice it was to see the ball fly out of the ballpark.

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Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.

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The Rangers can beat you with speed -- and that's fun. But there's still nothing like the home run, and Texas hitters had gone far too long without one.

Ian Kinsler's home run on the first pitch of the game was the Rangers' first in 71 innings. Texas had gone 269 at-bats and 297 plate appearances without a long ball.

It was the longest home run drought for the Rangers since August 1990, when they went 84 innings without hitting a four-bagger, according to Elias.

The Rangers didn't stop there. Elvis Andrus had a two-run home run to cap a four-run third inning as Texas bolted out to a 5-0 lead. It was Andrus' third of the season.

Welcome back power ball.

Leonys Martin added a solo shot in the top of the ninth for his eighth home run and giving the Rangers three home runs in a game for the first time since Aug. 28 at Seattle.

Up now: Rapid Reaction from the Rangers' 7-1 victory to end a seven-game losing streak. Plus, a postgame blog on Kinsler and Alexi Ogando setting the tone for a very big victory.

On deck: The Rangers go with left-hander Derek Holland (9-9, 3.40) against right-hander Chris Archer (9-7, 3.03) at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday night on ESPN, Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.

Question of the day: Do you feel better about the Rangers' playoff chances after Tuesday night's win?

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.12 123 158
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 71
RA. Beltre 73
OPSA. Beltre .873
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
SOY. Darvish 182