After a rough blowout loss in the series opener and a 1-0 defeat on Wednesday night, it was imperative for the Arizona Diamondbacks to salvage at least one game against the Texas Rangers. Daniel Hudson took the mound this evening in Arlington and was phenomenal, working seven innings of three-run ball.
Hudson's performance and two strong relief innings from Bryan Shaw held the Rangers down as the D-backs went on to win 11-3 in blowout fashion.
Texas took an early 1-0 lead in the first, but a two-run homer from Jason Kubel gave Arizona a 2-1 lead in the second. Lyle Overbay's two-run double in the third inning pushed the lead to 4-1. Overbay doubled again in the six to bring another run across the plate, and then scored himself on a single from Aaron Hill for a 6-1 lead.
Gerardo Parra's three-run homer capped off a five-run sixth for the D-backs, pushing the score to 9-1.
Daniel Murphy of the Rangers cut the lead to 9-3 with a two-run shot in the seventh, but Miguel Montero answered in the top of the ninth with a two-run homer of his own.
The Diamondbacks may still have lost the series, but they were facing a very tough team and grabbed the momentum while winning the finale. They'll now head west to take on Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and the Angels beginning Friday night.
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