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May 30, 2013

Wrapping up Rangers' 9-5 win over D'backs

The Texas Rangers snapped their brief three-game losing streak with a 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark.

Was there a sense of urgency to get it behind them?

"I hadn't even thought about us losing three games," Mitch Moreland said. "I didn't think there was any urgency. We're going to go out, play our style of baseball and we got out of it for a couple games, but came back out today and made it work. It was a good win for us."

Said catcher A.J. Pierzynski: "I hadn’t thought about it, but you just want to win. We know what happened in Arizona -- it was one day, one bad day. We came back here and took care of business today and hopefully that’ll get us going in the right direction for Kansas City this weekend."

Here are a few postgame notes:

* Justin Grimm had his third consecutive quality start, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts over six innings. Grimm won his fifth game, which leads American League rookies.

* Mitch Moreland and David Murphy each had home runs. Moreland had a two-run shot in the third inning, as he sent one off the right-field foul pole. "I thought it was going to stay a little more true than that," Moreland said of his 11th homer of the season. "It kind of caught me off guard when it went off the pole. It started hooking there at the last minute pretty good so I’m glad it caught the pole."

* Jurickson Profar had a career-high three hits, and extended his hitting streak to six games. He is batting .400 over that stretch.

* Reliever Neal Cotts continues to impress. He retired all four batters he faced, and left-handed batters are 2-for-13 with four strikeouts against him.

-- Drew Davison


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