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ARLINGTON, TEXAS (AP) - Throughout their history, from Jeff Burroughs to Juan Gonzalez and Rafael Palmeiro, and on to the current group led by Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers have been known for their ability to score in bunches.
Monday night provided the latest entry to their legacy of big-bang offense when they put up the most runs and hits in the majors this season in a 20-6 rout of the Minnesota Twins.
“Nobody wanted to make an out,” Nelson Cruz said on Tuesday, recalling his four-hit effort. “It’s contagious.”
It was hardly a team record-setting performance, however. The Rangers have scored at least 20 runs five times in their history, including a 30-3 pasting of the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 22, 2007.
Rangers players say their dugout is usually loose, but it was looser than usual with the pressure off when they built an 18-1 advantage after five innings.
“When you get a big lead, it’s a time you relax in the dugout,” said Ian Kinsler, who had a homer among his four hits and matched a career high with four RBIs. “But when you walk up to the plate, you still try to take the best at-bat you can. There’s probably more (sunflower) seeds, more gum flying around (in the dugout).”
The Rangers have maintained focus on offense all season. Prior to Tuesday’s game, they led the AL in hits (988), were second in batting average (.276), second in runs (526) and second in homers (125).
“It’s a loose group, but we’re ultra-competitive too,” said Michael Young, who homered and drove in three runs. “There’s no lackadaisical attitude. We still take our at-bats very seriously. We don’t give any away.”
“We didn’t let down,” Washington said. “But your mind is less cluttered. You’re less worried about things. But you can’t let down because you can’t turn this game on and off. So when you’re flowing, you’ve got to go with it. And it was flowing yesterday.”
The Rangers had a league-best 27 hits and became the first team to score 20 runs since Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 20-0 on April 22 last season.
Mike Napoli also had four hits as all the Rangers starters had at least two except for third baseman Chris Davis, who went 0 for 6.
Hamilton and Endy Chavez also had three RBIs apiece as the Rangers surpassed Cleveland’s total in a 19-1 blowout at Kansas City on May 16. Texas also passed the 25 hits that the Los Angeles Dodgers had against Minnesota on June 27.
And the Rangers did all that without RBI leader Adrian Beltre, who’s on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring.
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