Extra Bases: Can the Rangers keep it up?

June, 18, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers ended their six-game losing streak Monday night, rallying from a three-run deficit to beat the division-leading Oakland A's 8-7.

Now the question is can the Rangers keep the winning up?

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Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss the magnitude of Monday's win against Oakland, how he plans on using Jurickson Profar and how to handle a struggling ballclub.

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The Rangers scored as many runs Monday as they did in their six losses combined. They had as many hits with runners in scoring position -- they were 4-for-11 on Monday -- as they had during the losing streak, when they were 4-for-34.

"This was a huge team win," said catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who had a season-high three RBIs. "Hopefully it will carry over to tomorrow."

So how do the Rangers build on this?

A dominating start by Yu Darvish would be a beginning. He's winless in his last five starts -- he didn't register a decision in the last four -- despite a 2.08 ERA during that span. His was last dealt a loss in a 1-0 heartbreaker in Arlington to the A's.

Darvish should be motivated.

The Rangers have to again show the fight they had Monday night. They know the A's will have it. That's their style of baseball. The Rangers have to match it.

The biggest thing to come out of Monday's win was the way the Rangers did it. They led 3-0, watched the A's score six runs in the fourth inning and then did something about it. Nelson Cruz hit a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth, to give the Rangers back the lead.

The Rangers showed the spirit and belief manager Ron Washington talked about in a rare postgame meeeting with the team after Sunday's 7-2 loss to Toronto.

"It was big the way we fell behind and didn't go away," Pierzynski said. "We fought back behind Nellie. The win was just what we needed."

Other notes:

Tepesch will stay: Washington indicated in his postgame press conference that rookie Nick Tepesch will take his next turn in the rotation Saturday in St. Louis. Tepesch, who has a 9.77 ERA in his last three starts, has lost consistency with his best pitch, his sinker. He said Monday night that he couldn't get the pitch down enough and the A's were able to score six runs in the fourth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit.

The Rangers have a pitcher going well in Triple-A as rookie Justin Grimm struggles and Josh Lindblom fills in as the No. 5 starter. Left-hander Martin Perez is 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA for Triple-A Round Rock since making a start for the Rangers last month. He had six shutout innings for Round Rock on Monday night.

Moreland starts rehab: First baseman Mitch Moreland began his three-game rehab assignment Monday night for Double-A Frisco going 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a double play. Moreland (strained right hamstring) is expected back in the lineup Friday at St. Louis.

10th-round pick signs: Rangers 10th-round pick Cole Wiper signed on Monday night, which is notable because of the right-handed pitcher's injury situation. The redshirt freshman from the University of Oregon had Tommy John surgery and threw only 12 innings for the Ducks this season. He's hit 95-96 mph with his fastball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.34 126 163
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .876
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
SOY. Darvish 182