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Rangers 13, Nationals 3

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WASHINGTON -- Quite a day for the Texas Rangers in the nation's capital: They took a VIP tour of the White House in the morning, then routed the Washington Nationals at night.

Kason Gabbard won for the first time since April 4 and David Murphy and Ramon Vazquez each drove in three runs Saturday in the Rangers' 13-3 romp over the Nationals.

Manager Ron Washington was excited about meeting with President Bush and even happier about his team's performance.

"What was more fun is winning 13-3," Washington said. "I enjoyed my morning, too."

A night after they were held to just one hit in the final 10 2/3 innings of a 14-inning loss, the Rangers broke open a one-run game by scoring seven times in the seventh. Texas reached the .500 mark for the 19th time this year -- it has gone just 3-15 while at the break-even point.

Gabbard (2-3) was staked to a 3-0 lead before he threw a pitch, thanks to a leadoff home run by Ian Kinsler.

Kinsler's 11th home run was a fly ball that left fielder Wily Mo Pena deflected into the visitor's bullpen. A two-run double by David Murphy off Garrett Mock (0-2) gave Gabbard two more runs.

"I wanted to get us off to a hot start -- get someone on base early," Kinsler said. "It definitely wasn't an easy win. It was great to get a win after seeing President Bush. Hopefully, he was watching tonight."

Gabbard, who hadn't won in his last nine starts, was sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma on May 30 and was recalled to start on June 15 against the New York Mets. While he lost 4-2, there were signs he improved.

He allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Luis Mendoza pitched the final three innings to record his first career save.

"It's been a while since I got a win," Gabbard said. "Scoring the runs in the first inning settles me in a little bit."

The Rangers scored seven runs in the seventh on a two-run single by Michael Young, RBI singles by Josh Hamilton and Murphy, and a bases-loaded double by Vazquez.

The seven runs equaled Texas' biggest inning of the season. Their 18 hits were a season-high for a nine-inning game.

"We're rolling right now," Gabbard said. "If we score runs, we're going to win a lot of games."

The Nationals have lost eight of their last 10 home games and 14 of 20 overall.

Mock allowed four runs and nine hits, walking one and striking out eight in six innings in his second major league start.

His first start came on June 8, when he was recalled from Triple-A Columbus knowing that he'd be returned afterward.

On Saturday, he was in the same situation. This time, he replaced Odalis Perez, on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. Perez made a rehab start on Saturday night and is expected to be reactivated in time for his next start on June 27.

The Nationals optioned Mock and pitcher Brian Sances to Columbus and purchased the contracts of infielder Pete Orr and pitcher Steven Shell after the game.

Lastings Milledge led off the Nationals fourth with a long home run, his sixth of the year. Washington also added a run in the fourth when Dmitri Young, who had doubled, scored on an infield out by Felipe Lopez.

"To me baseball is like boxing," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "If I don't hit you, you're going to hit me, and that was basically the case for us today."

Notes

It was Ron Washington's second visit to the White House. President Bush is a former owner of the team of the Rangers. "He's a total baseball guy. He knew everything, but I guess as president, you're supposed to know everything," Washington said. ... Rangers OF Milton Bradley did not start for the fourth straight game due to a strained left quadriceps. He pinch-hit in the seventh and singled. ... Nationals C Paul Lo Duca made his first start behind the plate since May 7. He'd been on the DL with a fractured bone in his right hand for six weeks.

 
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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B3211300 .306
Frank Catalanotto, 1B3000011 .270
   a- Milton Bradley, PH1010000 .332
    Chris Shelton, PR-1B2221000 .219
Michael Young, SS6232013 .280
Josh Hamilton, CF5122012 .316
Marlon Byrd, RF5120023 .263
David Murphy, LF5123013 .275
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4210121 .220
Ramon Vazquez, 3B4133110 .331
Kason Gabbard, P2000011 .250
    Frank Francisco, P0000000 .000
   b- German Duran, PH2110001 .197
    Luis Mendoza, P1000011 .000
Totals43131812511  
a-singled for Catalanotto in the 7th
b-singled for Francisco in the 7th
Batting
2B - Michael Young (18, Mock), David Murphy (21, Mock), Ramon Vazquez (12, Sanches)
HR - Ian Kinsler (11, Mock)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (46), Chris Shelton (11), Michael Young 2 (38), Josh Hamilton 2 (76), David Murphy 3 (51), Ramon Vazquez 3 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Shelton (6), Josh Hamilton (28), David Murphy 3 (21), Ramon Vazquez 3 (10)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Young-Kinsler-Catalanotto
Texas Rangers
Kason Gabbard (W,2-3) 5.1633251 4.96
Frank Francisco (H,5) 0.2100000 4.13
Luis Mendoza (S,1) 3100030 7.11
WP - Luis Mendoza (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kason Gabbard 98-57, Frank Francisco 18-13, Luis Mendoza 35-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kason Gabbard 10-1, Luis Mendoza 4-3
Batters Faced - Kason Gabbard 24, Frank Francisco 3, Luis Mendoza 11
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS5010001 .310
Elijah Dukes, RF5000011 .260
Lastings Milledge, CF4111021 .246
Dmitri Young, 1B4130001 .283
    Willie Harris, 3B0000000 .151
Ronnie Belliard, 3B-1B3000112 .225
Felipe Lopez, 2B3001112 .252
Paul Lo Duca, C4010001 .197
Wily Mo Pena, LF4120015 .213
Garrett Mock, P1000010 .000
   a- Kory Casto, PH1000003 .179
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
   b- Wil Nieves, PH1000011 .278
Totals3538228  
a-lined out for Mock in the 6th
b-struck out for Colome in the 9th
Batting
2B - Dmitri Young (4, Gabbard)
HR - Lastings Milledge (6, Gabbard)
SH - Garrett Mock (1)
RBI - Lastings Milledge (28), Felipe Lopez (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Guzman-Young, F. Lopez-Young
Washington Nationals
Garrett Mock (L,0-2) 6844181 6.97
Charlie Manning 0.1233110 4.05
Brian Sanches 0.1444100 7.36
Jesus Colome 2.1422220 6.00
WP - Jesus Colome 2 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Mock 96-61, Charlie Manning 18-9, Brian Sanches 29-20, Jesus Colome 60-35
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Mock 7-1, Jesus Colome 3-2
Batters Faced - Garrett Mock 25, Charlie Manning 4, Brian Sanches 6, Jesus Colome 13
Game Information
Attendance - 32975
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Ed Rapuano