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Kinsler hits for cycle, goes 6-for-6 in Rangers' 19-6 rout of Orioles

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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.

The Texas Rangers had a big lead against Baltimore in the sixth, and Kinsler already had the chance to accomplish the rare feat of a cycle. It happened after he hit a long flyball into the right-center field gap.

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"When I hit that ball, I was just hoping for it to get over his head. Then when it got over his head, I was hoping for it to rattle around," Kinsler said. "I wasn't going to stop at second, regardless if he came up clean or not. I was going to give it a shot."

Kinsler got up and slapped his hands together after sliding head-first into third without a throw for the triple to complete the fourth cycle in team history, and the Rangers went on to a 19-6 victory against the Orioles to snap a five-game losing streak Wednesday night.

Texas was already down 2-0 when Kinsler led off in the first. He hit the first pitch he saw for a double, then added a solo home run in the third and two singles in an eight-run fourth.

"Kins got us started on the first pitch and didn't let up all night," manager Ron Washington said. "Everybody followed suit."

Michael Young's groundout in the sixth plated Kinsler to make it 15-4. Then when Kinsler batted again in the eighth, he capped his 6-for-6 night with an RBI double and scored for the fifth time. The hits and runs matched team records.

"That was just a monster game. It's one thing to hit for the cycle, that's a once-in-a-lifetime type of game," Michael Young said. "But to add a couple of more hits to it, too, it's an incredible game."

Nelson Cruz matched the AL home run lead with his fifth homer -- a grand slam on reliever Radhames Liz's first pitch that gave the Rangers a 10-3 lead. That accounted for half of the eight unearned runs Texas scored in the fourth.

Marlon Byrd had went 5-for-6 with three RBI for the Rangers, who had 19 hits. Their 19 runs are the most scored in the majors this season, and the most for them since their 30-3 victory in Baltimore on Aug. 22, 2007.

Kris Benson (1-1), who missed the past two seasons after surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff, hadn't won since Sept. 21, 2006, when he was pitching for Baltimore against Detroit. The right-hander allowed four runs in six innings.

"Today's game belongs to the offense," Benson said. "It was a great game all the way around. Our offense makes it easier to go out there and pitch six innings."

Cruz came only a few feet from hitting another grand slam, his flyball in the eighth hitting about halfway up the 14-foot wall in left field for a two-run double.

Baltimore, which still has won its first three series in a season for the first time in 11 years, jumped out to a 2-0 lead on back-to-back RBI groundouts in the first after Benson walked leadoff hitter Brian Roberts and allowed a double to Adam Jones.

Luke Scott led off the Orioles' second with a double and scored when Jones drew a bases-loaded walk for a 3-1 lead.

Only two of the nine runs allowed by Orioles starter Mark Hendrickson (1-1) were earned. The left-hander allowed seven hits and walked four in 3 2/3 innings.

"This one got away from us. I like the way we started. We just didn't pitch well enough and we didn't play well enough," manager Dave Trembley said. "Kinsler is a great player. ... It's a tremendous achievement for an All-Star player."

After Kinsler's home run, Young reached on shortstop Cesar Izturis' fielding error and scored on Hank Blalock's single that rolled under the glove of Roberts, Baltimore's second baseman. Byrd followed with an RBI double that broke the 3-3 tie and put Texas ahead to stay.

Rookie Elvis Andrus, the No. 9 hitter, drew a leadoff walk in the fourth before Kinsler singled and Young reached on Roberts' throwing error that allowed a run. There were two outs when Byrd's RBI single made it 6-3 and chased Hendrickson.

Then came Liz, recalled Wednesday after third baseman Melvin Mora and right-hander Alfredo Simon were put on the disabled list. The right-hander gave up four runs in his one inning, including an RBI triple by Andrus.

It was the first cycle for the Rangers since Gary Matthews Jr., at Detroit on Sept. 13, 2006. The other Texas cycles were both against Cleveland, Mark Teixeira on Aug. 17, 2004; and Oddibe McDowell on July 23, 1985.

Alfonso Soriano had the only other six-hit game for Texas, against Detroit on May 8, 2004.

"It's more special on Jackie Robinson Day," Kinsler said. "He's a guy that could do everything in the game. Hit triples, hit home runs, steal bases, drive people in, score runs. He could do everything offensively. It's just kind of a weird thing that I'm playing second base on Jackie Robinson Day and that happens."

Notes

  • 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.
 
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Ian Kinsler acknowledges the cheers after his triple in the sixth inning completes his cycle.  (AP)
Ian Kinsler acknowledges the cheers after his triple in the sixth inning completes his cycle. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 6
R 5
H 6
HR 1
RBI 4
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B2110110 .444
    Robert Andino, 2B1110100 .333
Adam Jones, CF4223101 .389
Nick Markakis, RF3011003 .343
    Ryan Freel, RF2010000 .111
Aubrey Huff, 1B4001002 .294
Ty Wigginton, 3B4000001 .208
Luke Scott, DH4120000 .276
Felix Pie, LF4000022 .217
Chad Moeller, C4111001 .364
Cesar Izturis, SS3000100 .172
Totals3569643  
Batting
2B - Adam Jones (6, Benson), Nick Markakis (4, Benson), Luke Scott (3, Benson)
HR - Adam Jones (2, Rupe), Chad Moeller (1, Benson)
RBI - Adam Jones 3 (11), Nick Markakis (10), Aubrey Huff (9), Chad Moeller (1)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones 3 (4), Chad Moeller (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Cesar Izturis (1, Misplayed grounder), Brian Roberts (1, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Mark Hendrickson (L,1-1) 3.2792421 3.00
Radhames Liz 1544111 36.00
Brian Bass 2322120 14.73
Matt Albers 1.1444120 11.25
IBB - A. Jones by Mark Hendrickson
HBP - A. Jones (by Matt Albers)
WP - Brian Bass (1), Matt Albers (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 95-53, Radhames Liz 36-23, Brian Bass 47-25, Matt Albers 33-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 8-3, Brian Bass 2-2, Matt Albers 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 24, Radhames Liz 9, Brian Bass 10, Matt Albers 10
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B6564000 .474
Michael Young, 3B5201102 .306
Josh Hamilton, CF6121035 .297
Andruw Jones, DH3410202 .545
Hank Blalock, 1B5012015 .214
Marlon Byrd, LF6153000 .417
Nelson Cruz, RF5126112 .278
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C5100116 .148
Elvis Andrus, SS3421210 .292
Totals4419191877  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler 2 (7, Hendrickson, Albers), Andruw Jones (3, Liz), Marlon Byrd (4, Hendrickson), Nelson Cruz (2, Albers)
3B - Ian Kinsler (1, Bass), Elvis Andrus (1, Liz)
HR - Ian Kinsler (3, Hendrickson), Nelson Cruz (5, Liz)
SF - Hank Blalock (1)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 4 (13), Michael Young (6), Josh Hamilton (8), Hank Blalock 2 (7), Marlon Byrd 3 (8), Nelson Cruz 6 (12), Elvis Andrus (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler (3), Hank Blalock (2), Marlon Byrd 3 (3), Nelson Cruz 6 (7), Elvis Andrus (1)
SB - Ian Kinsler (2, 3rd base off Hendrickson/Moeller), Michael Young (1, 2nd base off Hendrickson/Moeller), Josh Hamilton (2, 2nd base off Hendrickson/Moeller)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Blalock
Texas Rangers
Kris Benson (W,1-1) 6644321 9.00
Willie Eyre 2100110 0.00
Josh Rupe 1222001 15.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 111-65, Willie Eyre 24-14, Josh Rupe 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 6-10, Willie Eyre 2-2, Josh Rupe 2-1
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 27, Willie Eyre 7, Josh Rupe 5
Game Information
Attendance - 17539
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Mike Everitt