Rangers Record 17 Hits En Route To 13-3 Win

The Rangers recorded 17 hits including a two run home run in the first inning by Michael Young in a 13-3 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday. Alexi Ogando entered the game in the fourth inning and picked up his third win of the year, pitching three perfect innings and striking out two.

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Official Recap: Rangers 13, Pirates 3

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Michael Young led an offensive assault with three hits and four runs batted in, as Texas pounded Pittsburgh, 13-3, for its 10th consecutive win in the second of three interleague affairs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Nelson Cruz was 3-for-4 and knocked in three while Ian Kinsler drove in two with a pair of hits and scored two runs. Elvis Andrus scored three times, drove in a run and added three hits to a 17-hit attack – and all without the services of red-hot Josh Hamilton, who is in the midst of a career-best 17- game hitting streak. He got the day off to rest.

Dustin Nippert got plenty of support but pitched just three innings in the start. He struck out seven, walked four and gave up two runs on four hits while reaching 82 pitches.

Alexi Ogando (3-0) pitched the next three innings for his third win in as many career appearances. Matt Harrison came on to work the final three frames for his first career save.

The win gave the Rangers their longest winning streak since ripping off a team-record 14 games in a row run from May 12-27, 1991. The American League West leaders moved to 17-4 in June.


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Holland Won't Return Before All Star Break

Per Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Derek Holland will not be back with the Rangers prior to the All Star Break.

He is still having issued with his right kneecap, although his shoulder is fine. Holland could resume throwing this weekend or early next week, and then begin a rehab process. The team believes he’ll be an option soon after the All-Star Break.

Holland has gone 2-1 for the Rangers in five games, including four starts, while posting a 4.19 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and recording 16 strike outs in 19.1 innings of work. Needless to say, it’s encouraging that his shoulder appears to be fine.


Texas Tries To Make It Ten In A Row

(Sports Network) - Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers both try to extend their impressive streaks when the American League West leaders continue their three-game interleague affair with the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Hamilton has hit safely in 17 straight games, while the Rangers have won nine straight to help them take a 3 1/2-game lead in the AL West.

On Tuesday. Julio Borbon's three-run homer complemented six solid innings by Texas starting pitcher Tommy Hunter and helped the Rangers to a 6-3 win. Hunter (3-0) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits with six strikeouts for Texas, which is a remarkable 16-4 in the month of June.

A win tonight would give the Rangers their longest streak since ripping off a team-record 14-game run from May 12-27, 1991.

Hamilton, meanwhile, homered and finished 2-for-4 in the win. He is hitting .485 with eight homers and 24 RBI during his streak.

"Everything I do in practice and going forward with my routine has helped me prepare for each game," said Hamilton. "I don't need to think (at the plate), I just react."

Bobby Crosby notched three hits with an RBI for the Pirates, who saw their brief two-game win streak halted and lost for the 13th time in their last 15 contests overall. Garrett Jones added two hits and a run batted in for Pittsburgh.

Ross Ohlendorf (0-6) allowed four runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings and absorbed the loss.

Getting the call for the Rangers tonight will be righty Dustin Nippert, who is 2-3 with a 5.01 ERA. Filling in for the injured Rich Harden, Nippert made his first start of the year Thursday in Florida and did not get a decision, as he allowed three runs and seven hits in three innings of his team's 6-4 win.

Nippert has not received a decision in three games (one start) against the Pirates, but has pitched to a 3.86 ERA in those outings.

Pittsburgh will counter with lefty Paul Maholm, who has just one win in his last six starts. Maholm was charged with the loss Friday against Cleveland, which managed four runs and seven hits off him in 6 2/3 innings.

Maholm, who has never faced the Rangers, also struck out five and is 4-5 with a 3.77 ERA on the season.

Pittsburgh took two of three from the Rangers the last time these teams met back in 2007, but was swept in 2004 in its only other visit to Arlington.

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