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MLB: Texas 16, Houston 5

Aug. 19, 2013 at 11:53 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A.J. Pierzynski drove in three of the 11 runs Texas scored in the third inning Monday and the Rangers rolled to a 16-5 dismantling of Houston.

Pierzynski ignited the outburst with a two-run single and later added another RBI hit as Texas sent 14 men to the plate, banging out seven hits, drawing three walks and benefiting from two Astros errors.

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The 11-run uprising was the most by a team in a single inning this year and the first time the American League West-leading Rangers have scored that many since 2009.

The Texas catcher finished 4-for-4 with four RBI and a homer. Ian Kinsler drove in three runs and Leonys Martin contributed three hits, two RBI and three runs scored for the winners.

Matt Garza (3-1) notched the triumph despite yielding five runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Houston's Lucas Harrell (6-14) was torched for nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits, lasting just 2 1/3 innings.

Robbie Grossman provided two RBI for the Astros, who dropped the opener of a three-game set.

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