06/20/10 2:06 PM ET
Texas native Ohlendorf opens series vs. Rangers
By Jocelyn Syrstad / MLB.com
Saturday's 6-4 win over Cleveland snapped a 12-game losing streak for Pittsburgh. That win also helped the Pirates avoid their fourth straight series sweep as they hadn't split a series since winning one against San Francisco from June 4-6. Sunday's 5-3 win over Cleveland was their second in a row. The team hadn't won two consecutive games since May 31-June 1. The Pirates have won only four games in the month of June.
Texas: Hamilton on fire
After five hits on Sunday, Josh Hamilton is currently on a 16-game hitting streak. His single in the third inning on Sunday extended that streak. That is the longest active streak in the Majors and is the longest for the Rangers since Elvis Andrus went on a 16-game streak from Aug. 28-Sept. 14, 2009. Hamilton has also hit safely in a club-record 18 consecutive Interleague games dating back to June 27, 2008.
While Ohlendorf has yet to record his first win of the season, Tommy Hunter has a record of 2-0. Ohlendorf's struggles have come in part because batters are hitting .310 off him with runners in scoring position. He will try to lessen that when he makes his first start against his home state team. Hunter, on the other hand, has an 11-8 record over 25 Major League starts throughout the past three seasons. He, too, will be making his first start against the Pirates and is looking to improve upon his 2.08 ERA.
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