The Texas Rangers needed a spark. They needed something to go right. And after falling behind 2-0, which after the past four games had to feel like 5-0, they finally managed to use their power to get the offense going.
Shin-Soo Choo's solo home run and Alex Rios' two-run blast in the sixth proved to be the difference. Credit Prince Fielder too. He went the other way against the shift and was able to hit a ball deep enough in the hole at shortstop to get to first base without a throw.
The inning did two things: It showed the Rangers still could hit the long ball after a five-game homerless drought, and it gave them a lead for the first time since Kyle Seager's gut-punch homer in Seattle on Sunday.
After finishing April with four straight losses, which included breakdowns in all facets of the game in a series sweep at the hands of the A's, the Rangers started May with a bang. Oakland lost 7-1 to the Red Sox, meaning the Rangers are two games behind. No, Colby Lewis didn't get through six innings. But the bullpen did its job in holding the Angels and the Rangers added some insurance runs -- another part of the offense that wasn't happening consistently that first month.
It was just the way the Rangers had hoped to start a new month. Now the challenge is to keep it going.