On the day that the NFL lockout ended, how appropriate that the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins produced a final score that resembled a football game. If you weren’t paying close attention, you might have thought that the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings were playing each other. Instead, it was the Rangers who ripped the Twins on Monday night by the score of 20-6.
Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli each recorded four hits. Elvis Andrus, Michael Young, Mitch Moreland and Endy Chavez all had three hits apiece, while Josh Hamilton contributed two hits of his own. Even Omar Quintanilla got into the act with an RBI triple in the seventh, his first hit as a member of the Rangers.
In total, the Rangers pounded out 27 hits including 11 extra-base hits. Texas scored runs in every inning except the sixth and the eighth, and the first five innings produced the following line score: 3-3-3-5-4.
Hamilton got the run parade started in the first inning with an RBI double and then Young hit a two-run homer to make it 3-0. Kinsler added the only other Rangers home run of the game in the third inning, a three-run shot with two outs to make it 9-0.
The fourth inning was highlighted by a 2-RBI double by Moreland while the fifth inning saw Chavez produce a two-run single and Andrus a two-run double. Kinsler led the Rangers with four RBIs with Hamilton, Young and Chavez driving in three runs each.
Chris Davis was the only Rangers starter that did not get to enjoy the party as he went 0-6 and committed two errors to boot. If there was one negative from this game, it would be the defense as the Rangers made four errors.
The unsung performance on the night was Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland who went six innings allowing just one unearned run on five hits. Holland struck out four as he improved to 9-4, setting a career-high for victories in a season. There is something to be said for a pitcher who stays focused and continues to put up zeroes on the mound after having to sit in the dugout for long periods of time as his offense is putting up historic numbers.
The Rangers and Twins will play game two of this four-game series tonight at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Texas will send C.J. Wilson (10-4, 2.94) to the hill and Minnesota will counter with Carl Pavano (6-7, 4.24). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM CT and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 ESPN radio.