Opponents have clamped on the Texas Rangers’ vaunted running game the past few seasons so much so that they finally had to adjust after tough year on the bases in 2012.
These days the Rangers don’t take as many chances because the opportunities just haven’t been as plentiful. But the Rangers still have the personnel to run a team into submission when given the chance.
Just ask the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rangers stole six bases Tuesday night and five of them resulted in runs as the Rangers pulled away late for an 8-3 victory that moved them within a game of first-place Oakland in the American League West.
Yu Darvish endured a rough early going to work seven innings en route to his team-leading 11th win and the Rangers won for the eighth time in nine games despite not having a double triple or homer among their 12 hits.
“It was quite exciting to go out there and be able to play the game that we love to play” manager Ron Washington said. “That’s go out there and run the bases and...