Ian Kinsler went 6-for-6 while hitting for the cycle - tying an American League record for most hits in a game - as the Texas Rangers beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 19-6, last night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Kinsler became the fourth player in Rangers history with a cycle, reaching the feat with a triple in the sixth inning. With his RBI double in the eighth, he became only the second Texas player with a six-hit game and then scored his fifth run, matching another team record.
Nelson Cruz matched the AL home run lead with his fifth homer - a grand slam off reliever Radhames Liz that gave the Rangers a 10-3 lead. That accounted for half of the eight unearned runs Texas scored in the fourth, when Kinsler had two singles.
Kinsler led off the first with a double and hit his third homer of the season in the third.
Marlon Byrd had went 5-for-6 with three RBI for the Rangers, who had 19 hits. Their 19 runs are the most scored in the majors this season, and the most for them since their 30-3 victory in Baltimore on Aug. 22, 2007.
Only two of the nine runs allowed by Orioles starter Mark Hendrickson (1-1) were earned. The lefthander allowed seven hits and walked four in 3 2/3 innings.
Kinsler's triple came on a deep flyball into the right-center field gap. After Kinsler slid headfirst into third, he got up and slapped his hands together.
It was the first cycle for the Rangers since Gary Matthews Jr., at Detroit on Sept. 13, 2006. The other Texas cycles were both against Cleveland, Mark Teixeira on Aug. 17, 2004; and Oddibe McDowell on July 23, 1985.
Alfonso Soriano had the only other six-hit game for Texas, against Detroit on May 8, 2004.
In other games:
* At Oakland, Tim Wakefield (1-1) took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with a four-hitter as the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics, 8-2.
Kurt Suzuki broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single to left.
It would have been the first no-hitter in Wakefield's 17-year career, and he would have been the second-oldest pitcher to accomplish the feat, behind Nolan Ryan.
* At Detroit, Armando Galarraga pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, leading the Tigers past the White Sox, 9-0, to end Chicago's three-game winning streak. Galarraga (2-0) gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five.
Before the game, the Tigers paid tribute to Mark Fidrych, the team's 1976 Rookie of the Year, who died Monday in an accident at his Massachusetts home.
* At Kansas City, Travis Hafner's second double keyed a three-run seventh inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Royals, 5-4.
* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Derek Jeter singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth to lead the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3.
* At Minneapolis, Aaron Hill went 4-for-5, including a two-run homer, and Scott Rolen also hit a two-run shot as the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Minnesota Twins, 12-2.
* Boston 41-year-old righthander John Smoltz is headed to Florida in another step in his recovery from surgery to his right shoulder. He is expected to throw to live hitters for the first time Saturday in Fort Myers. He hopes to be with the Red Sox by early June.
* Yankees rightfielder Xavier Nady will be put on the disabled list with a right elbow injury and could be sidelined for an extended period.
* Rangers righthanded reliever Willie Eyre was activated from the disabled list. Eyre missed last season while recovering from ligament transplant surgery in his right elbow, then started this season on the DL because of a groin injury. *