Lucky 11: The Rangers ambushed the Astros for 11 runs in the bottom of the third to take a 13-1 lead. All nine players in the starting lineup scored as 15 Rangers batted in the inning. The top of the lineup ignited the inning as Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus led off with singles, just like in the first inning (when the Rangers scored their first two runs). After a sacrifice bunt by Ian Kinsler and an intentional walk to Adrian Beltre, A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run single for a 4-0 lead. Mitch Moreland added a two-run double, and then the Astros opened the floodgates with consecutive errors. Kinsler also had a two-run single. It was the Rangers' first 11-run inning since Sept. 26, 2009 against Tampa Bay.
Fun fact 1: The Rangers' 11-run third is the biggest inning in the majors since St. Louis scored 12 runs on July 21, 2012 against the Cubs. Both feats were accomplished without a home run.
Fun fact 2: According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time nine different players scored for one team in an inning was Aug. 31, 2012 by Oakland in the seventh inning against Boston.
Homer drought over: Pierzynski belted a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, ending a four-game homerless streak. The Rangers had gone 46 innings and had scored 40 runs without a home run. Moreland had the most recent home run last Tuesday in a 5-1 loss to Milwaukee.
Quiet but great month: Pierzynski had four hits and four RBIs as he continued a very solid August for the Rangers. He has 15 RBIs in 13 games this month.
Stealing home: Andrus stole home on the back end of a delayed double steal by Beltre. It was Beltre's first stolen base of the season. For Andrus, it was his third career steal of home. He also has the last three steals of home for the Rangers: twice in 2011, once in April and again in June. The Rangers have stolen home 29 times in club history. One of them belongs to Astros manager Bo Porter, who did it in 2001.
Skipping by Beltre: Porter elected to intentionally walk Beltre in his first two at-bats -- the first time that's happened to a Ranger since June 22, 1979, when Oscar Gamble was put on base in his first two trips to the plate. Beltre scored runs after both intentional walks.
Garza wins again: Matt Garza allowed five runs in 6 2/3 innings, making it four consecutive starts where he has allowed at least four earned runs. Garza ended a string of 21 straight starts in which the Rangers allowed four runs or less. Staked to a 15-1 lead, Garza allowed four runs in the seventh inning. He had eight strikeouts and only one walk. The Rangers are 5-1 in his starts.
Up next: The Rangers will activate and start left-hander Travis Blackley (1-1, 4.89) against the team from whom they acquired him, Houston, who will counter with rookie right-hander Jarred Cosart (1-0, 1.15) at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.