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May 13, 2013

Reserves torch Astros

NORMAN — Texas manager Ron Washington wasn’t sure what to expect from a couple of reserves he started on Sunday to give his Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler a day off.

The veteran manager was pleasantly surprised.

Leonys Martin and rookie Leury Garcia combined to get five hits, score six runs and drive in two as the Rangers completed a three-game sweep by romping past the Houston Astros 12-7.

Adrian Beltre’s three-run homer was one of his four hits, and David Murphy and Martin also homered for Texas.

“The type of team that I have this year, guys have been getting opportunities to play a little more than I have in the past,” Washington said. “So I think they’re more prepared and more ready to go up there when there’s opportunity for them to play and do the job.”

He was particularly impressed with Garcia, who had three hits and scored four runs — both career highs — to become the first Texas rookie to record both since Jarrod Saltalamacchia in 2007.

“Leury Garcia was the one guy today that I didn’t expect to make a whole lot of contact because he’s the one guy that’s in that lineup who hasn’t been doing a whole lot of playing,” Washington said. “He had a good game: scored four runs, got three hits, stole a bag, played good defense. That’s what you like to have in extra guys.”

Garcia was excited to contribute.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I feel really good. I had a few days that I hadn’t played but I was waiting for my time and I took advantage of it.”

The Rangers set a season high for runs, and did it quickly. Martin led off the fifth with a home run and Beltre connected later in the inning for a 12-1 lead.

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