ARLINGTON, Texas While rookie pitcher Nick Tepesch was the big story Tuesday night for the Rangers, another young player also took a big step in the 6-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Center fielder Leonys Martin had his first multi-hit game of the season. Hitting out of the No. 9 spot in the order, Martin was 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.
"He's been swinging the bat, he just hasn't been having much luck," manager Ron Washington said. "Tonight he did some good things for us."
Martin recorded just the fifth multi-hit game by a Ranger this season.
He drew a walk and scored from second on Lance Berkman's single in the third inning.
Martin led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and later scored from second on an Elvis Andrus single. Martin singled again to start off the Rangers' seventh inning and scored from third on a ground-out by Andrus.
The two hits raised Martin's average to .188 and his on-base percentage improved to .316. He was just 1-for-13 coming into the game...