The Norman Transcript

August 20, 2013

Rangers smash Astros

By Stephen Hawkins
The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus each scored three runs for Texas, including twice each in an 11-run inning that was the biggest in the majors this season, and the Rangers beat the Houston Astros 16-5 on Monday night.

Martin got the Rangers big third inning started with his majors-leading 11th bunt single before a single by Andrus. The top two hitters in the lineup came home on a single by A.J. Pierzynski, and both got on base and scored again before the Astros finally got the third out.

All nine Rangers scored in the third, when they sent 15 batters to the plate and had seven hits — six singles and a double — along with three walks, two Houston errors and a sacrifice bunt. Only five of the 11 runs were earned.

The last team in the majors with as many runs in an inning was St. Louis, with a 12-run seventh in a 12-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on July 21, 2012. Texas’ last 11-run inning was in the fifth of a 15-3 win at home against Tampa Bay on Sept. 26, 2009.

The AL-West leading Rangers have won 12 of their last 13 games against Houston (41-83), the first-year American League team now 30 1/2 games back in the division.

Matt Garza (3-1) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings. But the right-hander allowed five runs, becoming the first Texas starter in 22 games to allow more than four.

Lucas Harrell (6-14), getting another start after four consecutive relief appearances, allowed nine runs (seven earned) in 2 1-3 innings. He was initially sent to the bullpen after also giving up nine runs in 3 2-3 innings at Texas in a 10-5 loss July 5.

Texas finished with a season high for runs, two nights after a 15-3 victory over Seattle that is its highest-scoring game without a home run in the 20 seasons of Rangers Ballpark.

Texas had 15 runs without a homer again before Pierzynski connected in the seventh. Pierzynski finished with four hits and four RBIs.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 5: MILWAUKEE — Matt Carpenter hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning, putting the St. Louis Cardinals ahead during a four-run rally Monday night in an 8-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cardinals got seven of their 16 hits in the big inning, capped by pinch-hitter David Freese’s two-run double. St. Louis won for the ninth time in 11 games.

Carlos Beltran and Jon Jay homered for St. Louis and Yadier Molina had four hits.

Aramis Ramirez snapped a 1-for-18 skid since returning from the disabled list Aug. 13 with a two-run homer off Michael Wacha (2-0) in the seventh to give the Brewers a 5-4 lead.

It didn’t last long. The Cardinals erupted in the eighth off reliever Brandon Kintzler (3-1), who gave up four runs and six hits while getting just two outs.

Edward Mujica, who was unavailable during the weekend series at the Chicago Cubs because of a tired arm, pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 34 chances.

Kintzler gave up a leadoff single to Molina, but Jay grounded into a double play. The Brewers reliever needed one more out to finish the inning, but gave up five consecutive singles to lose the lead.

Rookie Kolten Wong and pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso each singled and pinch-hitter Matt Adams singled to tie it at 5. Carpenter hit the next pitch from Kintzler for another single to score Descalso.

Beltran singled, and Freese then hit the first pitch from Burke Badenhop for a double.

The Brewers had two runners on in the ninth but Scooter Gennett grounded out to end the game.

Norichika Aoki hit his seventh homer for Milwaukee.

St. Louis starter Shelby Miller allowed two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out eight in 5 1-3 innings.

Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings.

Jay’s two-run homer off Estrada in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie. It was his seventh homer this year and second in two days after hitting a three-run shot in St. Louis’ 6-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Beltran snapped an 0-for-7 skid with his 21st home run in the first. He had three hits.

Rays 4, Orioles 3: BALTIMORE — Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homered, David Price grinded through five challenging innings to win his fourth straight decision and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Monday night in a duel between AL contenders.

Joyce hit a two-run drive in the fourth to break a tie and push the Rays toward their fifth win in six games. Tampa Bay moved within a half-game of the first-place Red Sox in the AL East, pending Boston’s late game in San Francisco.

Price (7-5) gave up 10 hits and two walks but was effective when it counted. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner allowed only two runs, as Baltimore went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 against the left-hander.

Fernando Rodney, the fourth Tampa Bay reliever, worked the ninth for his 28th save.

Baltimore starter Chris Tillman (14-4) gave up four runs and five hits in six innings.