ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All by himself, Ian Kinsler showed why the Texas Rangers can be so dangerous.
Kinsler got four hits, scored three runs and stole two bases Thursday night, sending the AL West leaders past the Oakland Athletics 7-6 for their 11th win in 13 games.
Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and David Murphy each drove in two runs for Texas in a game that lasted 3 hours, 54 minutes, the Rangers’ longest nine-inning game of the season.
“We can generate runs in a lot of different ways,” Kinsler said. “Lately we’ve been hitting the ball into the gap and driving the ball out of the ballpark. Tonight we really didn’t have that but we were able to generate runs in another way, stealing bases and taking the extra base whenever we could, and we were able to push a bunch of runs across.”
Texas tied a season high with four steals. The Rangers, who are third in the American League in home runs (98), had only two extra-base hits and walked six times.
Kinsler got things started with a leadoff double in the first inning.
“Some people call it small ball. I call it winning baseball,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “That’s just doing what the game asks you to do. We’re starting to get back to that. We’re starting to get free on the basepaths, running, and doing some things. It’s winning baseball. That’s what we’re doing.”
Scott Feldman (2-6), who gave up eight earned runs in 1 2-3 innings when he last faced Oakland on June 4, won despite allowing nine hits in five innings.