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Rangers set AL record with runs, crush Orioles 30-3

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BALTIMORE -- Five runs in the fourth inning.

Nine runs in the sixth.

Ten in the eighth.

Six more in the ninth.

The Texas Rangers rounded the bases at a dizzying pace and became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, setting an American League record Wednesday in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.

"This is something freaky. You won't see anything like this again for a long, long time. I am glad I was on this end of it," said Marlon Byrd, who hit one of two Texas grand slams.

Trailing 3-0 in the opener of a doubleheader, Texas couldn't be stopped. At last, the last-place Rangers did something right.

"We set a record for something on the good side of baseball," manager Ron Washington said.

Texas kept right on hitting in the second game, too, although at a decidedly tamer pace. Travis Metcalf drove in four runs and the Rangers used a three-run eighth for a 9-7 victory and a sweep.

Texas set an AL record for runs in a doubleheader, surpassing the 36 scored by Detroit in 1937.

The second game, however, will forever be regarded as a postscript to the incredible opener.

It was the ninth time a major league team scored 30 runs, the first since the Chicago Colts set the major league mark in a 36-7 rout of Louisville in a National League game on June 28, 1897, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It was AMAZING in capital letters," said Metcalf, who hit a grand slam after being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma earlier in the day.

Hours after announcing manager Dave Trembley would return for the 2008 season, the Orioles absorbed the most lopsided loss in franchise history and set a team record for hits allowed in a game (29).

The Rangers had totaled 28 runs in their previous nine games, including two runs on seven hits in their last two.

"I knew we'd get the bats going, but I never expected anything like this," Washington said. "When the faucet is on, you want it to stay on. You never want to cut it off."

The Rangers set a team record for runs scored in a doubleheader -- before the second game even started.

"You don't want to be the one to make the out. You feel like you have to get a hit every time up," Byrd said.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez, the bottom two batters in Texas' lineup, each homered twice and finished with seven RBI. The last time two teammates had as many as seven RBI in a game was 1962, when Elston Howard had eight and Mickey Mantle added seven for the New York Yankees against the Kansas City Athletics.

"That was ridiculous. I have never been in anything like that in my life," said Saltalamacchia, who went 4-for-6 with a walk and scored five runs. He came in batting .179 and finished at .262.

David Murphy had five of the Rangers' 29 hits, the most by a major league team since Milwaukee had 31 in a 22-2 victory over Toronto on Aug. 28, 1992, according to Elias.

Texas' 30 RBI set a major league record. The Rangers had 57 at-bats, tying the AL mark for a nine-inning game set by Milwaukee in its 1992 rout of Toronto.

The Rangers added five points to their team batting average, raising it to .258. They finished with more runs than outs made (27).

Baltimore went from seventh in the AL with a 4.39 ERA to 11th at 4.60.

Asked how to handle such a devastating defeat, Trembley replied, "You have a real short memory and you let it go."

Kason Gabbard (6-1) allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings. He is 2-1 in six starts since Texas acquired him from Boston on July 31.

Even with the one-sided score, there was a save. Wes Littleton earned his second career save and first this season by pitching three scoreless innings.

Texas erased a 3-0 deficit by batting around in a five-run fourth. A walk to Byrd and an infield hit by Jason Botts preceded a two-run single by Saltalamacchia. After a visit from pitching coach Leo Mazzone, Daniel Cabrera (9-13) gave up a go-ahead, three-run homer to Vazquez.

Texas made it 14-3 by scoring nine runs on 10 hits in the sixth. The 10 hits matched a club record for one inning and were three more than the Rangers totaled in their previous two games.

Cabrera left after serving up a home run to Saltalamacchia. Brian Burres yielded two singles and a walk before Byrd hit his third career slam. Saltalamacchia, Vazquez, Frank Catalanotto and Ian Kinsler added RBI singles.

Texas recorded seven hits in the eighth. Metcalf hit his first career slam and Saltalamacchia added a three-run shot.

Vazquez's second homer highlighted a six-run ninth.

Notes

  • Baltimore's Kevin Millar recorded a hit in each game, extending his run of reaching via hit, walk or hit by pitch to 49 games -- tying Ken Singleton's club record set in 1977.
  • Melvin Mora ended an 0-for-16 skid with a fourth-inning bunt single.
 
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Who wants in on this? Marlon Byrd (22) is greeted by teammates after one of Texas' two grand slams.  (AP)
Who wants in on this? Marlon Byrd (22) is greeted by teammates after one of Texas' two grand slams. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

R. Vazquez
AB 6
R 4
H 4
HR 2
RBI 7
Texas

J. Saltalamacchia
AB 6
R 5
H 4
HR 2
RBI 7
 
Texas Rangers
Frank Catalanotto, 1B6232210 .267
Ian Kinsler, 2B7332103 .249
Michael Young, SS5120005 .303
    Travis Metcalf, 3B1214100 .238
Marlon Byrd, CF5424211 .318
Jason Botts, DH7232041 .234
Nelson Cruz, RF7220025 .220
David Murphy, LF7552011 .550
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C6547112 .262
Ramon Vazquez, 3B-SS6447110 .240
Totals57302930811  
Batting
2B - Jason Botts (4, Shuey), Nelson Cruz (11, Shuey)
HR - Travis Metcalf (2, R. Bell), Marlon Byrd (6, Burres), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (8, Cabrera, Shuey), Ramon Vazquez 2 (7, Cabrera, Shuey)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto 2 (37), Ian Kinsler 2 (45), Travis Metcalf 4 (10), Marlon Byrd 4 (51), Jason Botts 2 (8), David Murphy 2 (3), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 7 (24), Ramon Vazquez 7 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (15), Ian Kinsler (14), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (5), Ramon Vazquez 4 (10)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Young-Kinsler-Catalanotto
E - Nelson Cruz (3, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kason Gabbard (W,6-1) 6733130 3.65
Wes Littleton (S,1) 3200110 3.86
WP - Kason Gabbard (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Kason Gabbard 89-56, Wes Littleton 43-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kason Gabbard 8-6, Wes Littleton 4-4
Batters Faced - Kason Gabbard 25, Wes Littleton 12
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5230000 .314
Corey Patterson, CF3010001 .264
    Tike Redman, CF1010000 .364
Nick Markakis, RF3111002 .295
    Freddie Bynum, LF-SS1000001 .271
Miguel Tejada, SS3011101 .301
Kevin Millar, 1B-LF4010012 .266
Melvin Mora, 3B3010111 .266
J.R. House, DH-C4000015 .300
Ramon Hernandez, C-1B4000011 .242
Jay Payton, LF-RF4000000 .255
Totals3539224  
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (37, Gabbard), Nick Markakis (35, Gabbard)
RBI - Nick Markakis (76), Miguel Tejada (62)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (25), Miguel Tejada (26)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Melvin Mora (8, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera (L,9-13) 5966142 5.10
Brian Burres 0.2888111 5.24
Rob Bell 1.1577311 6.14
Paul Shuey 2799352 9.49
WP - Brian Burres (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 96-62, Brian Burres 34-20, Rob Bell 54-32, Paul Shuey 68-41
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 7-5, Brian Burres 1-0, Rob Bell 1-2
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 26, Brian Burres 11, Rob Bell 12, Paul Shuey 16
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Sam Holbrook