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.