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43-25 - Rangers beat Cardinals, sweep my imaginary World Series

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Texas wins opener in St. Louis as Cole Hamels dominates the Cardinals

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The best part about this game is it didn't evoke nasty feelings about a certain game we'll call Contest XI. That's probably because Cole Hamels mowed through the Cardinals tonight like a cold and calculating serial killer.

Or maybe it's because Rougned Odor hit another home run on this road trip, the solo shot being the only run of the game, on a shot to deep deep deep center field on their lesser version of Greene's Hill.

Or maybe it's because these Rangers seem increasingly unconcerned scripts and narratives.

The Rangers are 43-25 for the first time in franchise history. Texas is only three game behind the Cubs for most wins in the Majors and are at least four games ahead of any other team in the American League. The four game winning streak for the Rangers is their third such streak so far this season with a five game streak earlier this month being the season-high.

Texas is now 19-15 on the road and 6-2 on this current ten-game caravan as they clinched a winning road trip with two games in hand. After sweeping the Cardinals in St. Louis during the summer in 2013, the Rangers are now undefeated at Busch Stadium since, well...you know.

Player of the Game: How does 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 K sit with you for the man the Rangers acquired last summer to win pitchers' duels like tonight's game? Cole Hamels had perhaps his best outing this season as he dominated a Cardinals team that is statistically the best offense in the National League.

Up Next: Nick Martinez makes his first start for the Rangers since last summer in a spot start for Yu Darvish's spot in the rotation. The Cardinals will counter with RHP Carlos Martinez on the FS1 telecast. First pitch is scheduled for 3:15 pm CT.