ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's only an inning. The Rangers' six-run fifth inning hasn't carried over to Saturday or beyond yet.
Still, stringing together some hits and producing the first real crooked number of the season was needed. The Rangers scored four or more runs in an inning for the first time in 16 games, using five hits and two walks to finally have an outburst worthy of the club's long-held reputation.
"We got some hits, and, obviously, the two-out hits were huge by (Craig) Gentry and (Ian) Kinsler were huge," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "It was one game. The biggest story was Yu (Darvish) coming out and giving us a chance."
No doubt Darvish was the story of this night, but the Rangers have to get their offense out of neutral before the end of April. Friday night was a start. They had gone seven straight games scoring four runs or less. They got all of that and more in the fifth.
The rally started with an out already on the scoreboard. Lance Berkman singled, Adrian Beltre walked and Nelson Cruz singled to load the bases. Pierzynski then slapped a two-run single the other way to left field for a 3-0 lead. David Murphy had an RBI groundout for another run.
The Rangers then produced a pair of two-out, run-scoring hits, which is one thing they have done well so far this season. Gentry belted a line drive to center field that got past Endy Chavez, and for a moment it looked like a possible inside-the-park home run. Two runs scored for a 6-0 lead, but Gentry was held up at third base by coach Gary Pettis, denying him a chance to sprint home.
With Gentry's speed, it might well have been close.
"I didn't see," Gentry said. "By the time I saw him throw up the stop sign, I didn't know what was going on behind me. I guess we'll never know."
Kinsler finished off the big inning with an RBI double down the left-field line. It gave the Rangers a 7-0 lead, a six-run inning and a much-needed boost.