8:05 PM ET, April 15, 2009
Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Kinsler perfect in pursuit of cycle as Rangers trounce Orioles to snap skid
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ian Kinsler bolted out of the batter's box as soon as the ball left his bat. He knew he was headed to third base, no matter what.
Three Times Over
Ian Kinsler did something Wednesday night that only two other players have done in the history of the game.
• Ian Kinsler became the first player to get six hits and hit for the cycle in a nine-inning game since Sam Thompson of the Phillies did so on Aug. 17, 1894.
• Kinsler's 13 total bases were one shy of the Rangers team record of 14 held by Jose Canseco in 1994.
• The 19 runs for the Rangers were the most since scoring 30 on Aug. 22, 2007 (also against the Orioles).
• Marlon Byrd got his second career five-hit game and Nelson Cruz had a career-high six RBIs as well for the Rangers who snapped their five-game losing streak.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Baltimore has won the first two games in each of its series this season, only to lose the finale. ... Jones hit a two-run homer in the ninth. ... Josh Hamilton had only two strikeouts in his 31 at-bats before Wednesday, but struck out twice. ... Rangers RHP Willie Eyre, who missed last season while recover from ligament transplant surgery in his elbow, made his season debut with two scoreless innings. ... Benson signed a minor league deal with Texas a week into spring training and made the team.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 5-5 (as of Wed 4/15)|
|Mon 4/13||BAL 10, @TEX 9||Recap|
|Tue 4/14||BAL 7, @TEX 5||Recap|
|» Wed 4/15||@TEX 19, BAL 6||Box Score|
|Fri 4/24||TEX 5, @BAL 4||Recap|
|Sat 4/25||TEX 6, @BAL 5||Recap|
|Sun 4/26||@BAL 8, TEX 5||Recap|
|Mon 4/27||TEX 6, @BAL 4||Recap|
|Fri 9/4||TEX 5, @BAL 1||Recap|
|Sat 9/5||@BAL 5, TEX 4||Recap|
|Sun 9/6||@BAL 7, TEX 0||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Orioles | Rangers|
|1st||N Markakis grounded out to second, B Roberts scored, A Jones to third.||1||0|
|1st||A Huff grounded out to second, A Jones scored.||2||0|
|1st||J Hamilton singled to center, I Kinsler scored.||2||1|
|2nd||A Jones walked, L Scott scored, C Izturis to third, B Roberts to second.||3||1|
|3rd||I Kinsler homered to left center.||3||2|
|3rd||H Blalock singled to right, J Hamilton scored, A Jones to third.||3||3|
|3rd||M Byrd doubled to left, A Jones scored, H Blalock to third.||3||4|
|4th||M Young grounded into fielder's choice to second, E Andrus scored on throwing error by second baseman B Roberts, I Kinsler safe at second on throwing error by second baseman B Roberts.||3||5|
|4th||M Byrd singled to left, I Kinsler scored, M Young to third, A Jones to second.||3||6|
|4th||N Cruz homered to right, M Young, A Jones and M Byrd scored.||3||10|
|4th||E Andrus tripled to deep center, J Saltalamacchia scored.||3||11|
|4th||I Kinsler singled to center, E Andrus scored.||3||12|
|5th||M Byrd singled to left, A Jones scored.||3||13|
|6th||C Moeller homered to left.||4||13|
|6th||I Kinsler tripled to deep right center, E Andrus scored.||4||14|
|6th||M Young grounded out to shortstop, I Kinsler scored.||4||15|
|8th||I Kinsler doubled to deep left center, E Andrus scored.||4||16|
|8th||H Blalock hit sacrifice fly to left, I Kinsler scored.||4||17|
|8th||N Cruz doubled to deep left, M Young and A Jones scored, M Byrd to third.||4||19|
|9th||A Jones homered to right, R Andino scored.||6||19|
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|Stadium||Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX|
|Attendance||17,539 (36.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||70 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Mike Everitt|