G83: Rangers beat Moyer & Phillies, 5-1

Chris Davis came to the majors with quite a fanfare. Well, at least from those of us who have a knowledge of the Rangers’ minor league system. On Sunday, he delivered what turned out to be the winning run. Davis hit a home run in the second inning, which gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead at that time.
That was the only run of the second inning, and we had just a lone run in the two frames surrounding it, too. The first inning was a leadoff triple by Ian Kinsler who was grounded home by Michael Young. The third inning run was a Michael Young double, who was brought home by a Josh Hamilton single. That was actually it for awhile. The Rangers didn’t score again until the bottom of the eighth, when they plated two on an RBI single by Ramon Vazquez, and a fielder’s choice by Michael Young.
The Rangers were up against former Ranger pitcher Jamie Moyer, who is still chugging along quite nicely at 45. He’s one of the few players left in MLB older than me, so I notice that. :) Moyer’s line wasn’t that bad – 5.2 IP, 7H, 4BB, 3ER. Well, the walks weren’t good, but 3ER in just about six innings isn’t horrendous.
Problem for Philly was that Eric Hurley was good. He gave up just one earned run in his 5.2 innings of work. This was enough to get his first major league win. Our pen followed up with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to give the Rangers a series win, and take them back over .500 again.

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