Say what you want about the Seattle Mariners, but the club always puts together a solid pitching staff. A combination of that and a slow start for the Texas Rangers' offense led to a offense-starved series in Seattle last weekend when the Rangers scored 11 runs over a four-game set that the teams split.
This past weekend in Texas, the teams met again and with much different results as the Rangers pulled off a three-game sweep and scored 23 runs over that span, culminating with an 11-3 win on Sunday in which the Rangers hit double-digits for the first time this season and hit four long balls.
Nelson Cruz had the big shot, a grand slam in the fifth inning that basically put the game out of reach for the Mariners, but Leonys Martin, Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre also went yard.
Martin also had a triple in the game and gave the Rangers their third RBI from a centerfielder this season — all coming in the Mariners series.
It's always nice for the Rangers to be in the friendly confines of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and they hit the road for the next seven games starting Monday, but the offensive surge is without a doubt a good thing to see for the Rangers.