Saturday, May 11, 2013

Rangers grab win over Houston.

The Rangers picked up a win last night over the Astros in Houston. With the A's loss to Seattle, Texas is now five games up on Oakland and the only team in the American League West with a record over .500.

The big news of the night was the monster home run shot by Nellie Cruz in the 6th inning to tie the game up at two. Jeff Baker and David Murphy followed up with their own solo shots in the 7th and 9th innings respectively. That gave Texas a 4-2 lead to end the game.

Amongst the welcome offensive news was a super nice defensive play by Ian Kinsler. Kinsler, shown here on card number SQ-42 of the 2009 Upper Deck Starquest set, made a leaping dive to his right to snag a line drive that should have been a single. That snuffed a 'Stros rally and kept Texas on top.

One concern for the Rangers is starting pitcher Alexi Ogando. Even though he kept the team in the game last night he wasn't sharp. That seems to be the norm this year. Too many walks and not enough strikeouts. It would be nice to see the 2011 version of Alexi Ogando make a return. Hopefully he can work through this rough spot and get it back.

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