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Borbon contributing in field, at plate

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Rangers center fielder Julio Borbon began the season in embarrassing fashion. He seems to have recovered pretty well.

After running into right fielder Nelson Cruz on the first fair ball of the season, Borbon has been arguably as valuable as any player during the Rangers' season-opening winning streak, which reached five games with a 3-2 victory over Seattle on Tuesday.

Borbon played a big part in that win -- just as he has in every other game he's played since that first botched ball.

On Tuesday, Borbon made a diving catch on Milton Bradley's sinking, tailing liner with two outs in the seventh inning. It allowed Texas to escape a bases-loaded jam and preserved a lead the Rangers had watched shrink from three runs to a single run over the course of the inning.

"This is what he's capable of," outfield instructor Gary Pettis said. "He has the speed to make that play and a lot more like it. Nobody in here gave up on him. He had a rough start, but he's bounced back extremely well. He comes to work and get better every day."

Tuesday's game followed a pair of starts in which Borbon had big two-out, run-scoring triples. His triple on Monday, from the No. 9 spot in the batting order, scored a pair of runs and built the Rangers' lead to 3-0 in the second inning. Seattle never really threatened the Rangers after that.

And in the start before that, Borbon's triple in the fourth drove home the first of six runs in the inning. The Rangers now have 18 RBI with two outs this season, which leads the majors. All three of Borbon's RBI have come with two outs.

"My week's been OK," Borbon said. "I've been able to contribute to the wins, I think. I know there will be better weeks, and I know there will be worse weeks. I know I'm capable of doing more."

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