ARLINGTON -- The Rangers finally found a way to manufacture runs for pitcher Andrew Cashner. They just added Jared Hoying to the mix.Hoying had four hits, including his first Major League home run, in helping spark the Rangers to a 9-3 victory over the Phillies at Globe Life Park on
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers finally found a way to manufacture runs for pitcher Andrew Cashner. They just added Jared Hoying to the mix.
Hoying had four hits, including his first Major League home run, in helping spark the Rangers to a 9-3 victory over the Phillies at Globe Life Park on Wednesday. The Rangers have now won eight straight games, the longest active winning streak in the Majors, and they are hitting .316 while averaging 6.4 runs per game in that stretch.
The Rangers had a season-high 17 hits -- including four from Delino DeShields -- but that doesn't begin to describe their offensive efficiency. The Rangers also had three sacrifice flies in the game after having just five in their first 40 games.
The Rangers had two bunt singles from DeShields and another single from Elvis Andrus off a hit-and-run. Joey Gallo scored a run on a wild pitch after reaching on a hit by pitch, and Rougned Odor set up one of the sacrifice flies by getting a runner over with a simple ground ball to second.
"We played a lot of small ball," Hoying said. "We had guys hit doubles with no outs. We did a good job of moving them to third. We had sacrifice flies tonight. That just shows you we're playing baseball and we're trying to win. When guys are doing that, it's pretty successful. If we keep doing the little things like that, we'll have a very good chance to win."
The Rangers entered the game having scored 50.3 percent of their runs off home runs. But they were able to build a 7-0 lead after four innings without one.
"The home run ain't going to win you games unless you get a lot of guys on base," said catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who had one of the three sacrifice flies. "You've got to string at-bats together and get big hits. You have to nickel and dime them a lot of the time to put up runs like we did tonight. We did everything tonight."
Hoying, in his second start since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock, gave the Rangers a two-run home run to go with two singles and a double in the first four-hit game of his career. DeShields also tied a career high with his four hits, including an infield single to go with his two bunt hits.
"We know we have some guys with speed, who can lay the ball on the ground, draw some walks," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We set up some situations the last few games that have allowed some of these guys to use other tools in their tool box. Puts pressure on the defense, forces teams to look at you differently."
The nine runs were three more than the Rangers had scored for Cashner while he was in the game during his first six starts. Cashner came into the game averaging 1.62 runs of support, which was the second lowest in the American League among pitchers with at least 30 innings.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.