Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Brewers 1
By Sahadev Sharma
Special to ESPNDallas.com
MILWAUKEE -- Another strong outing from Derek Holland helped the Texas Rangers snap their two-game losing streak as they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Mighty Mitch: It doesn't appear that Mitch Moreland is going to let up any time soon. After enjoying a 2-for-4 evening with a home run Tuesday night, Moreland was back for more Wednesday. He reached base three times with a home run, a single and a walk. Moreland is batting .400/.446/.650 (BA/OBP/SLG) in his past 16 games.
Holland solid: Holland wasn't at the top of his game in giving up a season-high 10 hits on the evening. But he was strong enough to help his team get the win. Despite the high hit total, Holland limited the damage by allowing only one run in seven innings of work, while striking out six and not walking a batter. His defense gave him an assist when Leonys Martin threw out Jean Segura at home in the third inning. Holland has tossed at least seven innings and given up three runs or fewer in all but one of his seven starts this season.
Kinsler crossing home: Earlier in the week, Ron Washington raved about Ian Kinsler's knack for scoring runs. Once again, the slugging second baseman made his manager look good, as he crossed home twice on the night. Kinsler led off the game with a single and came around on Adrian Beltre's RBI knock. Kinsler then hit a solo home run with two down in the second, to score the Rangers' first two runs of the game. Kinsler added a double and was 3-for-5 on the night.
Up next: After a day off Thursday, the Rangers head to Houston to start a three-game set with the Astros on Friday. Alexi Ogando (3-2, 3.08 ERA) takes on Dallas Keuchel (0-1, 4.96). First pitch at Minute Maid Park is at 7:10 p.m. CT.