A.J. Pierzynski’s return to U.S. Cellular Field provided some feel-good moments Friday night but the Texas Rangers had a long-awaited reunion of their own.
Their hitters reconnected with their long-lost first love the home run and they caught up on lost time during the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
Part-timers Jeff Baker and Adam Rosales swatted two-run shots Mitch Moreland added another in the eighth and Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre added solo homers as the Rangers powered their way to an 11-5 victory.
The five homers including the first inside-the-park homer of Kinsler’s career were a season-high for the Rangers who had one long ball in each of the previous three games but only four in the past 10.
The win coupled with an Oakland loss boosted the Rangers’ lead in the American League West to 3½ games.
“We’ve got guys that can hit the ball out of the ballpark but we just haven’t been hitting it out of the ballpark” manager Ron Washington said. “T...