Saturday, June 9, 2012
Texas Rangers 5, San Francisco Giants 0
Rangers avenge their World Series loss with shutout victory.
The Texas Rangers finally got their offense and pitching going again Friday night in San Francisco, defeating the Giants 5-0 to end a two-game losing streak. The win improved Texas to 34-25, the best record in the majors and four games ahead of the LA Angels for first place in the AL West. San Francisco fell to 33-26.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison was stellar, allowing just five singles and zero walks over nine shutout innings. Harrison, who also struck out four, allowed just one batter all game to get past second base: Giants pitcher Barry Zito, who was thrown out trying for third. Harrison improved to 8-3 with a 3.87 ERA on the season and earned his fourth straight victory, tied with Tampa Bay's David Price at the top of the American League.
Giants starter Barry Zito was not as fortunate, giving up four runs over six innings and falling to 5-3.
Texas got the only run it would need from the first batter in the game, as Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff home run off Zito, his seventh home run of the season. Craig Gentry singled in Nelson Cruz in the top of the fourth to make it 2-0, then Josh Hamilton hit a solo home run, his 22nd of the year, in the fifth for some breathing room.
Kinsler singled in Gentry in the top of the sixth to make it 4-0, then Gentry capped the night's scoring in the top of the ninth when his RBI single drove in Michael Young.