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Rangers Kill Bad Streaks in a Hurry

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    Ian Kinsler on the final leg of his in the park home run Friday night.

    It took one pitch from Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson. One pitch.

    That's when Ian Kinsler fired a leadoff homer just inside the left-field foul pole to end a 63-inning streak that the Rangers were in entering the game of not having a lead in a game. It was over.

    Another streak came to an end in that game, as it was the first time in 71 innings the Rangers had gotten a home run — 297 plate appearances. It was a record power outage that seemed almost comical to a point, and it was over too.

    After a gem tossed by Alexi Ogando in a spot start and an offensive outpouring, the Rangers also snapped a seven-game losing skid that had dated back to their series finale back in Arlington against the Los Angeles Angels, hours before the Dallas Cowboys' season even began.

    Many streaks came to an end on Tuesday night, and the Rangers hope they can build off that to be sure another streak — their three-year postseason streak — doesn't come to an end in a couple of weeks.