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Thoughts on a 12-4 Rangers win

Rangers 12, Rays 4

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers 12, Rays 4

  • Maybe it is just me, but from early on, this was a game I was never really worried about.  Once the Rangers jumped on Chris Archer for 1 run in the 1st and a pair in the 2nd, giving Texas a 3-0 lead, I felt like things were under control.
  • And that might be because Colby Lewis was on the mound.  I may have more confidence in him than I should, I guess, but Colby had another solid outing tonight, going 6 IP, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4 batters.  He needed 111 pitches to go six innings, but 15 of them were to the final batter he faced, Asdrubal Cabrera, who flew out to end the inning.
  • The one kind of down thing from the night was Spencer Patton facing four batters and retiring only one of them, resulting in Jeff Banister turning to Jake Diekman to pitch in a 10-1 game.  Two runs came in on Patton's ledger, and Diekman allowed one of his own the next inning, but it didn't matter, because it was a blowout.  Sam Freeman ended up pitching the ninth and not allowing a run.
  • Aside from Colby being Colby tonight, the story was the bats, which is to be expected when you score 12 runs.  Texas picked up a run in the first when Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder went back to back with doubles, got two more in the 2nd on a Chris Gimenez two run bomb, then exploded for 7 runs in the 6th, with the big blow being a 2 run Adrian Beltre homer.  Choo then capped off the scoring for the Rangers with a two run homer in the 7th.  Every starter had at least one hit, with Choo ending up a triple shy of a cycle.
  • Meanwhile, the Angels and Astros both lost, which means the Rangers are 4 back in the A.L. West and 1.5 games back of Anaheim for the second Wild Card spot.  We're still in this thing, guys...