Tampa Bay scored 15 runs for the fourth time in team history. But it was the first time at home and the
' first 15-run game since June 4, 2000 at the
New York Mets
After taking a 3-1 lead through three innings, the
collected eight hits in the fourth, opening a 10-1 bulge. Huff started the outburst with his 18th homer, a three-run shot over the right field fence. Baldelli followed Huff with his seventh homer and Martin capped the inning with a three-run shot.
"I haven't seen seven runs on the board," Tampa Bay manager
said. "I asked a couple of our players, 'Is that a seven?' It's good to see those three-run home runs. When you leave the country for a long time and come back, all you want is a greasy cheeseburger. Those home runs were like that."
"I don't know what to attribute it to," Baldelli added. "We came out swinging the bats well. Once you start scoring runs and hitting the ball hard, it's contagious."
Tampa Bay had 18 hits and reached 15 runs for the second time against Texas. The
scored more than 10 runs for the fourth time this season and snapped a 12-game home losing streak in day games.
"I didn't realize that. We're going to start checking curfew at home," Piniella joked.
(3-7) benefited from one of Tampa Bay's most productive days at the plate, allowing two runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out three, walked four and won for the second time in three starts.
Texas rookie starter
(1-4) was tagged for six runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. Mounce has allowed 20 runs and 26 hits over his last four outings.
"They hit some good pitches and they hit some bad pitches," Mounce said. "They hit soft choppers and get base hits. Then they hit rockets and it seems like one of those days it's going for them."
Mounce was yanked after Huff's homer and replaced by
, who didn't fare much better, allowing seven runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Tampa Bay extended its lead to 13-1 on
's three-run homer. After Lee's eighth home run, the
added two in the seventh as Baldelli scored on a wild pitch by
delivered an RBI single.
The Rangers, who have the worst ERA in the major leagues, surrendered 10 or more runs for the 19th time this season.
"It wasn't pretty," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "I feel like going out to the umpires and apologizing."