Martin and Andrus each scored three Runs for the AL West leading Texas, including twice in a 11-run inning was the biggest in the majors this season, in a 16-5 victory Monday night.
“We went up and down the lineup,” manager Ron Washington said. “If we can do that is if we can be at our best.”
Martin Rangers got big third inning started his majors-leading 11th bunt single before a single by Andrus. The top two hitters in the lineup came home on a single by AJ Pierzynski, and both took the base and scored again before the Astros finally I got the third out.
“Any time we can get those guys on base obviously it can often lead to Operate,” Pierzynski said. “Leonys has been doing excellent work, and Elvis hitting behind him, hitting-and-running, putting pressure on the other team. That was fun. That’s the way baseball is supposed to be.”
All Rangers scored nine in the third, when they sent 15 batters to the plate and had seven hits – six singles and a double – including three walk, two Houston errors and a sacrifice bunt. Only five of the 11 Runs is earned.
The last team in the majors with more runs an inning is St. Louis, with a 12-run seventh with a 12-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on July 21, 2012. Texas’ final 11-run inning was the fifth in a 15-3 win at home against Tampa Bay on 26 September 2009.
The Rangers won 12 of their last 13 games against Houston (41-83), the first American League team who are now 30 games back in the division.
Martin, in his 19th start as leadoff hitter, had an infield single to start the Texas first before Andrus had a single executed a perfect hit-and-run play. Ian Kinsler had a sac fly and Adrian Beltre scored his first intentional walk of the game before a double steal. Andrus swiped home for a 2-0 lead.
“Every time we get on base, put ourselves in position marking, it makes things easier,” said Andrus.
Matt Garza (3-1) struck out eight June 2 to 3 innings. But the right-hander allowed five Runs, becoming the first Texas starter in 22 games to allow more than four.
Lucas Harrell (6-14), taking another start after four consecutive relief appearances, allowed Operates nine (seven earned) on February 1 to 3 innings. He was first sent to the bullpen after also giving up nine runs on March 2 to 3 innings in a 10-5 loss to Texas July 5.
Texas finished with a season high for Runs, two nights after a 15-3 victory over Seattle that is marking its highest games without a home run in the 20th season of Rangers stadium.
Texas had 15 Runs without Homer again before Pierzynski connected in the seventh off reliever Philip Humber, who last season threw a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox with Pierzynski as his catcher. Pierzynski finished with four hits and four RBIs.
After Martin and Andrus scored the third started, Kinsler had a sac bunt before Adrian Beltre, hitting .437 over the past 19 games, I got his second intentional pass. Singles by Pierzynski and Alex Rios re-load the bases, Mitch Moreland hit a two-run doubled to deep center and Jurickson Profar walked to load the bases again, and end the night Harrell.
Wade LeBlanc, recalled by Houston earlier Monday, I got David Murphy hit a grounder. Second baseman Jose Altuve make nifty stop going towards the middle of the infield and flipped the ball with his glove, only for the shortstop Jonathan Villar to drop it and allow Runs on two points. Martin then walked and Andrus reached on an error before Kinsler a two-run single. Pierzynski has led to another run with a single to cap the marking.
Astros infielder Jake Elmore, who made his first major league appearance at catcher when taking over in the fourth after Carlos Corporan got hit by a foul ball, later pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Elmore is the only four pitchers Houston with an outing blank.
“They told me the first part of the game that I was going to pitch for the game was out of hand. I was hoping, but out of nowhere (Corporan) got hurt. Kong told them I take like 2 weeks ago, “Elmore said. “I have done both in the same game.”
Houston within 2-1 when Jason Castro and Chris Carter had consecutive doubles to start the second. The Astros then fell behind 15-1 before marking four times in the seventh.
“It’s very simple, we’ve played well,” manager Bo Porter said. “We have to let this one go.”