ARLINGTON, Texas Moving up in the batting order was intended to get a slumping David Murphy more involved in the action. You can't get more involved than Murphy's 3-run homer in the sixth Sunday night.
The blast to right field gave the Rangers the lead for good in a tumultuous, 11-8 Texas win.
Murphy moved up to the No. 2 spot in the order the day before in a shuffling caused by an injury to leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler.
"Hitting him down in the order when he's struggling there, he has to wait too long to get to the action," manager Ron Washington said. "I moved up there to get him a chance to get involved early and he came up big for us tonight."
With two outs in the sixth, Murphy connected on an inside fastball to give the Rangers an 8-7 lead.
"I just basically reacted," Murphy said. "It got in on me a little bit, but I got just enough of it."
The home run could be a sign Murphy is breaking out of the doldrums. He came into the game hitting just .205, and that's after hitting...