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Plus One Hundred Thirty-Three

With C.J. Wilson throwing a shutout tonight, Adrian Beltre came to the plate with a runner on. The Cowboys had scored 759 runs on the season, while allowing 631. Beltre ended up hitting a home run -- the 300th of his career -- taking the former number up to 761.


Why is this significant? Because that home run took the Rangers 130 runs more scored than allowed on the season, in one swing tying and surpassing the 1996 Rangers for the largest run differential in the 51 season history of the Texas Rangers (and Washington Senators) franchise.


Of course, this was game 147. It took the '96 team 162 to get to that point.


In the end, the Rangers allowed a run (Koji Uehara in the ninth), but also scored four more from that point, putting their run differential at +133, and uncharted territory for the franchise. Barring some sort of incredible collapse, no Rangers team has been this good at outscoring their opponents, and that is pretty incredible.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.