Brandon McCarthy allowed three runs over five innings but fanned seven. (LM Otero/AP)
By Todd Wills / Special to MLB.com
Keyed by a five-run first in which Marlon Byrd homered and a four-run second in which Ian Kinsler went deep, the Rangers supported a solid start from Brandon McCarthy to begin 3-0 for the first time since 1996, the first season the franchise made the postseason.
BATTING 2B: Shoppach (1, Feldman), Cabrera, A (1, Feldman). HR: Shoppach (1,
2nd inning off McCarthy, 0 on, 2 out), Sizemore, G 2 (2, 3rd inning off McCarthy, 1 on, 0 out; 6th inning off Feldman, 1 on,
2 out), Martinez, V (1, 7th inning off Feldman, 0 on, 0 out), Hafner (1, 9th inning off Guardado, 0 on, 0 out). TB:
Cabrera, A 3; Peralta, Jh 2; Hafner 4; Martinez, V 5; Shoppach 6; Sizemore, G 8. RBI: Shoppach (1),
Sizemore, G 4 (4), Martinez, V (1), Cabrera, A (1), Hafner (1). 2-out RBI: Shoppach; Sizemore, G 2. Runners
left in scoring position, 2 out: Shoppach 2; Martinez, V. GIDP: Francisco, B. Team
RISP: 1-for-5. Team LOB: 9.
BASERUNNING SB: Cabrera, A (1, 3rd base off Rupe/Teagarden).