Looking back, 30-run game was a surprise

Looking back, 30-run game was a surprise

BALTIMORE -- Sunday marked the third anniversary of the Rangers' 30-3 shellacking of the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader. That 2007 game set a slew of records, even if Texas manager Ron Washington, then a rookie skipper, never saw the onslaught coming.

"I remember that morning, giving that lineup to [then-bench coach] Art Howe and saying, 'This is the kind of lineup that'll get you fired,'" Washington said with a laugh. "Then they went out there and put up [30] runs."

With then-shortstop Michael Young playing on a bum ankle, the Rangers rushed infielder Travis Metcalf from Triple-A Oklahoma. Metcalf arrived at Camden Yards and got in the game as a defensive replacement, with the Rangers ahead 14-3 in the bottom of the seventh, taking over a third base as Ramon Vazquez moved over to replace Young at short. In his first at-bat, Metcalf hit a grand slam as part of a 10-run eighth.

Vazquez and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia each homered twice, drove in seven runs and accumulated 10 total bases. Marlon Byrd also hit a grand slam. Starter Kason Gabbard went the first six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, picking up the win when the offense erased a 3-0 Orioles lead. Wes Littleton picked up a save in the lopsided affair by working the final three innings.

"That was some kind of night. ... I'd like to go put 30 up today," Washington said.