Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre and Yorvit Torrealba went deep, Derek Holland allowed three runs over five innings in his last start before the playoffs and the Texas Rangers went on to a 12-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark.
The victory keeps the Rangers with a one-game lead in the battle for home-field in the ALDS, as the Tigers defeated the Orioles earlier in the day.
Holland retired seven of the first eight batters he faced before giving up a home run to Seattle’s No. 9 hitter, Chris Gimenez, in the third.
Holland then gave up a two-run homer to Alex Liddi in the fourth. He still earned his 16th victory, allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over five innings.
The Rangers never trailed, either.
Beltre led off the second inning with his 30th home run of the season, the second time in his career he has reached the 30-homer club.
In the third, Kinsler had a two-run shot in the third, his 31st of the season. And Mike Napoli drove in a run with a single to left.
The Rangers cushioned their lead to 6-3 with two runs in the fifth. Kinsler led off with a walk, and then stole second and third – his 28th consecutive steal without being caught. Esteban German then sent a fly ball to center, and was credited with a sacrifice fly. But he circled the bases on a four-base error when Seattle center fielder Trayvon Robinson misplayed it.
Seattle scored a run off Darren O’Day in the sixth, but Texas answered with a solo shot by Torrealba in the bottom half.
Torrealba broke it open in the seventh with a grand slam, giving the Rangers a commanding 11-4 lead.
The Rangers closed it out with scoreless innings by Michael Kirkman and Mike Gonzalez in the seventh and eighth, respectively. Merkin Valdez allowed one run in the ninth.
Finally, the Rangers announced a crowd of 43,508, setting the franchise attendance record for a season. There were 2,946,949 fans come to the Ballpark throughout the regular season, more than the 2,945,244 in 1997.
“Our fans are starting to recognize how much a home-field advantage can mean in baseball,” Michael Young said. “We definitely feed off our crowd, feed off their energy. It was scorching this summer, and it means a lot every time we come home to our Ballpark that we have their support.”
-- Drew Davison