Ranger than fiction
|Texas now has the modern MLB record for most runs in a game, and here's how the Rangers' output stacks up with the top performances in other sports.|
"It's unbelievable," Murray said from his perch 18 rows behind home plate. "I come every night, and just about every night I see something different. But this was crazy."To add to the rarity of the occurrence, after a 30-minute hiatus in their respective clubhouses, the teams had to return to the field, as the 30-3 contest was the first game of a doubleheader. The Rangers' previous record for runs scored in both games of a twin bill was 21, which, of course, they didn't need to worry about by the time the second game rolled around. "It was awesome," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "The whole offense just came to life. I've never seen anything like it. I was hoping we would open up offensively, but I wasn't expecting anything like that." To make sure the magnitude of Wednesday's record-breaking explosion hits home, peruse these staggering statistics:
The Orioles' National Football League counterpart, the Ravens, haven't given up 30 points in a game since 2005.
Baltimore ace Erik Bedard has allowed only 31 runs in his last 17 starts dating back to May 25.
Texas scored more runs Wednesday than it had in its previous nine contests combined.
Baltimore set a new franchise record for margin of defeat by ending in a 27-run deficit. The previous mark was a 19-run defeat in 1996, also at the hands of the Rangers.
Even with a huge margin of victory, Wes Littleton earned his first save of the season by throwing three innings in relief.
Texas starter Kason Gabbard, who pitched his fifth game with the Rangers after being traded from Boston before the trade deadline, saw his run support jump from 3.66 to 7.85 with his new team.
The Rangers entered the game with the third-worst team batting average in the American League, but saw it jump five points to .258.
The NFL's Houston Texans have scored at least 30 points only three times in the team's five-year existence.
Texas had 57 at-bats, tying the AL record for a nine-inning game set by Milwaukee in 1992.
The Rangers are the first team with four players (Metcalf, Byrd, Saltalamacchia and Vazquez) to register four RBIs since the Phillies in 1979.
This is the sixth time that a team has scored 9 or more runs in two different innings
Metcalf's four RBIs were more than he had in 35 games this season
Texas' 30 RBIs set the Major League record for a single game since 1920, when that statistic was first recorded.
Geremy Bass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.