Rangers find spark by cashing in on chances

Rangers find spark by cashing in on chances

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' offense found what it was missing, shortstop Elvis Andrus said after Tuesday's 10-1 victory over the Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak.

"We were able to get the key hit," Andrus said. "Previously, we were creating a lot of opportunities, and we weren't able to get the hits to get the offense going. Today everything changed. That's what happens if you keep creating opportunities."

It does seem that simple for a team that was leading the league in runs scored after 16 games because it was hitting .305 with runners in scoring position. Texas was 3-for-18 in those situations during the four-game losing streak, but Prince Fielder quickly helped change that.

Fielder gave the Rangers a one-run lead with a two-out single in the first, sending home Nomar Mazara from second base.

Fielder's RBI single

"Coming off the games we played recently, the ability to put a run on the board early was a lot of 'feel good' for our guys, especially coming from the big man in the middle," manager Jeff Banister said. "That tended to spark the offense."

The Rangers went 4-for-7 on Tuesday with runners in scoring position, and nine of their 10 runs scored with two out, including tallies on solo home runs by Ian Desmond and Rougned Odor.

Odor's solo shot

A simple walk also turned out to be huge.

Yankees starter Luis Severino, trailing 1-0, retired the first two hitters in the third before allowing a single to Mazara and a double to Adrian Beltre. The Yankees then intentionally walked Fielder to load the bases, and Desmond worked a walk off a full-count pitch to force in a run.

"That really felt good," Desmond said. "That was a big part of the game."

Desmond's bases-loaded walk

It got bigger. Mitch Moreland drove in two runs with a single, Desmond scored on a wild pitch and Andrus made it a five-run inning with another two-out base hit.

It's that simple. The Rangers found what they have been missing.

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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.