06/16/10 12:24 AM EST
Hunter, Sanchez eye another heaping of runs
By Jordan Schelling / MLB.com
After escaping with a 3-2 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday, the Rangers have won three in a row, six of their last seven and eight of 10. Texas is 10-4 in June, winning 31 of its last 50 games since April 22. The Rangers' 31-19 record over that stretch is second best in the Majors.
While the Rangers' rotation has been in flux a bit of late, they'll look for their fourth straight quality start as Tommy Hunter makes his third start of the season since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Hunter is 2-0 on the year after allowing three runs in six innings in his last start, a Rangers victory over the Mariners. Opponents have hit just .185 off Hunter in two games, and right-handed hitters are 2-for-20. Even more impressive, Hunter has held opponents to a 1-for-9 mark with runners in scoring position.
While Hunter earned a quality start last time out, a 12-run outburst from the Rangers' offense also gave him plenty of run support.
"They scored some runs today," Hunter said after the 12-3 victory. "They came out and hit the ball. It's fun to pitch when you get run support like that."
Opposite Hunter will be Anibal Sanchez for the Marlins, who also received more than enough run support his last time out.
Sanchez went seven innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four. But with the Marlins' lineup putting up a season-high 14 runs against the Rays, Sanchez's efforts were more than enough, as he got his sixth win of the year.
Sanchez, whose ERA climbed to 3.36 in the win, will make his 13th start of the season, his second in Interleague Play and his first against the Rangers in his five-year career.
The Marlins, who have gone 6-7 so far in June, own the best winning percentage among National League teams in Interleague Play, going 123-103 (.544) all-time. Florida is eighth among all Major League clubs, and the Marlins own a 66-56 record at home in Interleague Play, having won five of their last six and six of their last eight.
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Josh Hamilton and Colby Lewis were named American League co-Players of the Week. It marked the first time for a pair of Texas players to share the weekly award, which began in 1974. ... Lewis is the first Rangers pitcher to receive the honor since Kenny Rogers on July 31, 1994, following his perfect game. ... Hamilton led the Majors with 13 RBIs and was tied for second with four home runs for the week. Lewis won both starts -- tough matchups with Felix Hernandez and Yovani Gallardo.
Marlins: Stanton struggles in home debut
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With their 3-2 victory on Tuesday, the Rangers moved to a season-high eight games above .500. It's the club's highest mark since ending last season 12 games over .500 at 87-75. ... The Rangers are 4-3 in Interleague Play this season, including three straight wins. ... Though the last seven games between the two clubs have come in South Florida, Tuesday's loss dropped the Marlins to 4-6 all-time against the Rangers. ... The Marlins' Hanley Ramirez continues to lead the National League in All-Star balloting at shortstop with 1,190,685 votes.
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