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June 29, 2009

Murphy and Byrd explain the fifth

With runners on first and second and no outs, both David Murphy and Marlon Byrd got the pitches they wanted with the Rangers up 2-0. Murphy popped up a first pitch fastball to second base. With one out, Byrd was looking for a changeup from Sean O'Sullivan and got in front of it, grounding into an inning-ending double play. "We had two guys on," Murphy said. "We had the part of our lineup we wanted coming up. The inning ended pretty quickly. There's not much more to say."

Byrd put the blame for inning on himself. "It changed the game," Byrd said. "I drive those runs in, don't ground into a double play, doing something better with the changeup. It gives Padilla a 3-0 lead and a better cushion. I do my job. Get it done. Right there I've got to get those runs in."

- Anthony Andro

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