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4-5 - Genius Jeff picks winning lineup as Martinez mows down Halos

The Rangers finally got a home dong as both Elvis Andrus and Robinson Chirinos went deep in a blowout win over the Angels

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Well, Jeff Banister might just be a wizard. After a few nights of listless offense in Arlington, manager Banister shook things up by moving Rougned Odor to the leadoff spot, send Mitch Moreland to the two-hole, and shifted Leonys Martin down in the order. The Rangers answered by immediately scoring a run in the first inning on a Roogie walk, stolen base, and Moreland single.

Texas added three more runs in the 2nd off Angels' hurler Drew Rucinski thanks to a couple of misplays by Mike Trout in center. Then, in the 6th, after 46 innings of baseball at The Ballpark, the home team finally put one over the fence. Did Adrian Beltre or Prince Fielder get a hold of one? Maybe Mitch Moreland or Carlos Peguero showed off their plus power, perhaps.


That's right. Sluggin' Elvis Andrus hit the first home run in Arlington for the Rangers this season. Robinson Chirinos followed that up with a three-run shot of his own three batters later.

Nick Martinez still hasn't allowed an earned run this year as he kept the Angels off the board over his seven innings of work. That's the second consecutive seven inning, zero run outing for Martinez to begin the season.

Player of the Game: Chirinos had one of his best games at the plate after going 2-4 with a home run, a double, and five runs driven in.