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Timely Hitting Gets Rangers' Bats On Track

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Texas Rangers have long been known for having one of the best offenses in the game, but for the past month and a half things haven't been going to well at the plate for the Rangers.

    Papa John's was saving a lot of money in their promotion this year that gives half-price pizzas to customers the day after the Rangers score at least seven runs in a game. Hopefully people are taking advantage of the deal today after a 9-1 win on Tuesday, because you never know when it might happen again.

    But the Rangers showed on Tuesday that they could be on their way back offensively, putting together a big five-run inning to give Colby Lewis some cushion in his gem of a start, and they did it all with two outs. They banged out 16 hits in the game, ending a lengthy slump at the plate.

    Michael Young had one of his signature opposite-field hits with two outs to start a stretch of five straight base hits that brought home five runs, capped off by a two-run double from Mitch Moreland and helped by a two-run blast to right field by David Murphy that helped chase Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy.

    "Murph's home run kind of relaxed us and gave us a chance to breathe," Kinsler told ESPNDallas. "As far as confidence, we know we're a really good hitting team and our confidence never really changes."