Then Adrian Beltre stepped up and hit a two-run homer to straightaway center field, giving the Rangers a 3-0 lead. The homer put Beltre at 1,501 RBIs for his career. He's just the 54th player in Major League history to accumulate that many, and is just the fourth third baseman.
"Huge accomplishment," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "He is a great player, and he has been a great player for a long time. It's incredible."
"It just means I've been playing for a long time," Beltre said. "When you play for a long time, you get to accumulate numbers like that."
All was then quiet until the fourth inning, when Mitch Moreland led off with a 415-foot home run into the Rangers' bullpen in right-center. Moreland entered the game 1-for-his-last-26 and had struck out 10 times in his last seven games. His last homer was on May 7 against the Tigers.
"It's one of those things, you're going to go through it during the season. It's a long season," Moreland said of his recent slump. "Obviously, a lot of guys are going through it and have been through it, I've been through it before in my career. You just got to continue to work and not put too much stock in it, and get a good pitch and put a good swing on it."
Another struggling Rangers hitter, Fielder, continued to turn the corner with his second double in as many nights in the fifth inning.
His line drive off the center-field wall came within a couple feet of being a home run, and was registered at 108 mph off the bat, according to Statcast™.
Hoying gets first Major League hit
After spending seven seasons in the Minor Leagues, Jared Hoying collected his first Major League hit Saturday night.
The 27-year-old outfielder drove an 0-2 fastball off Pirates starter Juan Nicasio in front of center fielder Andrew McCutchen for a single. He was hitless through the first five at-bats of his career.
"Kind of a big monkey off my back," he said.
Hoying's wife, mother, father and sister were among some of his family in attendance for the game.
"I've only seen my dad cry once, I have a feeling it might be twice tonight," he said. "I'm sure he's fired up, along with everyone else back home."
Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.