The Texas Rangers Report

It took one pitch for the Texas Rangers to start breathing again.

Ian Kinsler took the Rays’ Jeremy Hellickson‘s first pitch deep for a home run enabling the Rangers to take the lead in a game for the first time in more than a week, as the Rangers went on to a “Whew!” victory over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1, breaking a seven-game losing streak and just their fourth win in 17 games.

Kinsler’s 12th home run broke a streak of seven homerless games for the Rangers, their longest in 23 years

Strk Start End Games W L Opp
TEX 2013-09-09 2013-09-16 7 0 7 PIT,OAK,TBR
TEX 1981-05-06 1981-05-12 7 4 3 CHW,BAL,KCR
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All-time longest Rangers franchise homerless streaks

Rk Strk Start End Games W L Opp
1 TEX 1981-09-12 1981-09-24 12 5 7 CAL,OAK,MIN,SEA
2 WSA 1967-06-13 1967-06-21 11 5 6 CHW,NYY,BOS
3 TEX 1989-06-25 1989-07-05 10 4 6 CLE,CHW,SEA,CAL
4 TEX 1976-06-28 1976-07-07 10 6 4 OAK,CHW,DET
5 WSA 1961-08-25 1961-09-02 10 1 9 DET,CLE,CHW
6 TEX 1979-04-17 1979-04-27 9 4 5 CLE,NYY,TOR,CHW
7 TEX 1976-07-28 1976-08-05 9 3 6 MIN,KCR,CAL
8 TEX 1972-09-25 1973-04-07 9 2 7 CAL,CHW,KCR
9 WSA 1971-04-10 1971-04-18 9 4 5 NYY,BOS,CLE
10 WSA 1964-08-31 1964-09-09 9 2 7 MIN,CLE,DET,CHW,BAL
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This season, the Rangers are 18-34 when they don’t homer

Nine to Know

With the win, the Rangers clinched a winning season for the fifth consecutive year

Texas Rangers 2005-13

Rk Year W L W-L% Finish Playoffs Managers
1 2013 82 68 .547 2nd of 5 Ron Washington (82-68)
2 2012 93 69 .574 2nd of 4 Lost ALWC (1-0) Ron Washington (93-69)
3 2011 96 66 .593 1st of 4 Lost WS (4-3) Ron Washington (96-66)
4 2010 90 72 .556 1st of 4 Lost WS (4-1) Ron Washington (90-72)
5 2009 87 75 .537 2nd of 4 Ron Washington (87-75)
6 2008 79 83 .488 2nd of 4 Ron Washington (79-83)
7 2007 75 87 .463 4th of 4 Ron Washington (75-87)
8 2006 80 82 .494 3rd of 4 Buck Showalter (80-82)
9 2005 79 83 .488 3rd of 4 Buck Showalter (79-83)
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