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Gimenez erupts for four hits against Tigers

Chris Gimenez had four hits on Thursday for the Texas Rangers.
Chris Gimenez had four hits on Thursday for the Texas Rangers.Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Chris Gimenez is making a bid to stay in the major leagues.

The former Nevada Wolf Pack player, who was called back up to the major leagues by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, had one of his best games in the big leagues on Thursday. Gimenez had four hits in five at-bats and drove in a run as the Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-2.

Gimenez, now 4-for-8 this season for the Rangers, drove in Alex Rios with a single in the second inning off Tiger starter Robbie Ray as the Rangers took a 2-0 lead.

It is the first time in his six-year major league career that the 31-year-old Gimenez has had four hits in a major league game. His previous high was two hits, which he had accomplished 17 times.

Gimenez, who played for the Wolf Pack from 2002-04, has now played in 145 games in the major leagues since 2009 with the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays and Rangers. He has 70 hits in 339 at-bats (.206) with 13 doubles, six homers and 31 RBI. His four hits on Thursday raised his career average from .198.

Gimenez. who is from Gilroy, Calif., had four hits in a game for the Wolf Pack four times in his three seasons: April 27, 2002 against San Jose State, April 11, 2003 against San Jose State, April 26, 2003 against Fresno State and Feb. 12, 2004 against Portland.