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June 27, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers' sixth straight series victory

Ian Kinsler feels that the Texas Rangers offense is getting more consistent. They showed that consistency in a 13-9 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, scoring runs in five of the eight innings.

While the Rangers have been winning, the offense had been relying on big innings. That's not the way they'd like to draw it up, and a performance such as Wednesday is more preferable -- scoring runs throughout the game.

"We expect to score runs," said Kinsler, who homered for the second time in as many nights. "We're getting more consistent. We're continuing to put pressure on guys, but [when we were struggling] we weren't pushing guys across the plate. Now, we're pushing those guys across the plate."

The Rangers had a big inning on Wednesday, scoring four runs in the second thanks in large part to a three-run home run by David Murphy. But the Rangers followed that with three-run innings in the fourth and fifth, scored a single run in the sixth and two more in the eighth.

Texas finished the game with three home runs (two by Murphy), and the most runs since it scored 14 on May 25 against Toronto.

Here are a few other postgame notes:

* The Rangers won their sixth straight series, and have won 10 of their last 12 games. They maintain a 4 1/2-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.

* Roy Oswalt got the victory despite allowing a career-high 13 hits. Oswalt gave up five runs on 13 hits with two walks and six strikeouts over six innings. He's the first Texas pitcher to win after giving up 13 hits since Doc Medich on Sept. 7, 1980 at Milwaukee.

* David Murphy is now a career .444 batter with four home runs and eight RBIs against Tigers starter Doug Fister. "Each hitter has a timing mechanism, and just the way that some pitchers load up it goes along with a hitters rhythm and his goes along with mine," said Murphy, who had four hits and tied his career high with five RBIs. "I had the right approach tonight. Sometimes you feel it, sometimes you don't. Maybe in the past when I've faced him it happens to be on nights that I feel good."

* Adrian Beltre went 3 for 5 with a double, RBI and two runs, and is now on an eight-game hitting streak.

* Martin Perez made his major league debut tonight, throwing two-third of an inning in the eighth. He allowed four runs (one earned) on two hits with one walk and one strikeout. He threw 20 pitches, 11 for strikes.

-- Drew Davison


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