11-run third inning in Rangers smackdown of Astros

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

A.J. Pierzynski lays down the hurt.

In a soul-crushing display of undeniable domination, the Texas Rangers crushed the Houston Astros in a 16-5 victory on Monday night. The smackdown began in the third inning with two Texas Rangers rockstars, as Leonys Martin’s majors-leading 11th bunt single was followed up by a single from Elvis Andrus. A.J. Pierzynski then stepped up to the plate and cracked his bat for a single, sending Martin and Andrus home. “Any time we can get those guys on base obviously it usually leads to runs,” Pierzynski said. “Leonys has been doing a great job, and Elvis hitting behind him, hitting-and-running, putting pressure on the other team. That’s fun. That’s the way baseball is supposed to be.”

All nine of the Rangers scored in the third inning, with over 15 batters hitting the plate and landing seven hits. Three walks, two Houston errors, a sacrifice bunt, six singles, and a double went down in the third inning, with only five of the 11 runs being truly earned. Still, an impressive feat, no?

The last time there was such an explosive inning was when the St. Louis Cardinals pulled off a 12-run seventh inning in a 12-0 win against the Chicago Cubs back in July 21, 2012. As for Texas,their last 11-run conquest was in the fifth inning of a 15-3 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 26, 2009.

The Rangers are swift becoming the nemesis of the Astros, especially since they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games against Houston.

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