Arizona Diamondbacks Crushed By Texas Rangers as Ian Kennedy's Woes Continue

The Texas Rangers relentlessly unloaded hits and homers upon the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday evening during a 9-1 thumping at the Ballpark in Arlington.

So much for that nifty five-game winning streak that the Boys in Sedona Red had going up until last night.

It was a rather inauspicious beginning to their six-game interleague roadtrip against teams from the AL West as Ian Kennedy (5-6, 4.32 ERA) continued his nightmarish season in earnest. The erstwhile D-Backs ace was roughed up for a total of six runs and 10 hits during 5.2 innings pitched.

Approximately 48 hours after his wife gave birth to their second child, Texas rained on Kennedy's parade with a barrage of hot swats by Texas, including a frantic five-run sixth inning.

The Rangers had a 1-0 lead at that point (after an Ian Kinsler scored in the first inning after a wild pitch by Kennedy) before running away with the game. A two-run homer by David Murphy was followed by back-to-back RBI doubles by Mitch Moreland and Craig Gentry. Kinsler then singled for another run.

The Rangers had a 1-0 lead at that point (after an Ian Kinsler scored in the first inning after a wild pitch by Kennedy) before running away with the game. A two-run homer by David Murphy was followed by back-to-back RBI doubles by Mitch Moreland and Craig Gentry. Kinsler then singled for another run.

Arizona relievers Brad Ziegler and Mike Zagurski also had a tough night when their combined shortcomings loaded the bases in the seventh and added two more runs after Moreland landed an RBI single and Gentry was beaned by a wild pitch.

Meanwhile, the rest of the D-Backs roster was getting struck out left and right by Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis (5-5, 3.13), who was having a magnificent night on the mount. He dispatched the first 16 batters he faced (fanning seven overall) and racked up only four hits as he went the distance. His only earned run came in the eighth inning when Miguel Montero transformed an 87 m.p.h. slider into a 408-foot solo jack into the left-center seats to keep the game from being a shutout.

The D-Backs have a chance to hopefully start a brand new winning streak tonight during the second game of their series with the Rangers. Wade Miley (7-2, 2.53) will go against Matt Harrison (8-3, 3.87). First pitch is at 5:05 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. For more info, see www.dbacks.com.


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