ARLINGTON, Tex. -- The Texas Rangers have reached the World Series in each of the past two seasons.
They're showing the Pittsburgh Pirates why.
Texas exploded out to a 10-1 lead after three innings and never looked back, trouncing the Bucs 11-6 to take a 2-0 lead in the 2011 Fall Classic.
|World Series Game Two
|PITCHERS OF RECORD|
|W - Colby Lewis (3-0)|
|L - Charlie Morton (2-1)|
"We didn't have our A-game today," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Sure we started to claw back late, but when you dig yourself an 11-1 hole in the fifth, it's pretty tough to come back from."
The Rangers hammered Pirates' starter Charlie Morton, who had pitched two gems in his previous starts in the postseason. While plagued by another fielding gaffe (courtesy of Miguel Tejada), Morton exited after just 1.2 innings, giving up 9 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits and a walk while striking out 3. Jeff Karstens came in for mop up duty, giving up 2 runs over 5.1 innings.
Surprisingly, the Pirates got on the board first with a Pedro Alvarez solo shot (his first of two) in the opening frame. However, the Rangers took the lead in the bottom half as Josh Hamilton doubled in Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre.
A seven run inning for Texas in the second blew the game wide open, and Morton had actually allowed just a single baserunner (on error) while recording the inning's first two outs. He would get no more though, with Beltre contributing an RBI single before three run bombs from Hamilton and Michael Young ended his night early.
Texas kept piling it on with Karstens in, as Hamilton picked up his sixth RBI in three innings by knocking in David Murphy. Hamilton finished the night batting 4 for 5 with a homer, two doubles, and 6 RBI, while scoring one run himself.
"He's an elite hitter," Morton said. "When you make a mistake pitch against him, he's gonna make you pay. And even if you don't, he can still make you pay like he did to what I thought was a pretty well thrown sinker. He's just a great talent."
Beltre picked his second RBI up the fifth to push the Texas lead to 12-1. The Rangers showed that their whole lineup has great talent, as every starter except Mike Napoli had a hit, and every starter except Napoli and Murphy had a multi-hit game.
The Pirates battled back in the later innings, scoring three times in the seventh and twice in the eighth. Alvarez hit his second homer (sixth overall) in the seventh while Neil Walker and Tejada also had RBI. Alvarez then doubled in Jose Tabata before scoring on a Garrett Jones sac fly to close the scoring.
He was the lone bright spot in the Pirates' lineup, notching three hits and three RBI while scoring three times.
"It's a great game, sure," Alvarez said. "But we're here to win, and we didn't get to do that so we just have to bring some intensity to the ballpark in Pittsburgh."
After an off day for travel, the teams have games scheduled for the 24th and 25th and PNC Park, plus the 27th if necessary.