ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus each scored three runs for Texas, including twice each in an 11-run inning that was the biggest in the majors this season, and the Rangers beat the Houston Astros 16-5 on Monday night.
Martin got the Rangers big third inning started with his majors-leading 11th bunt single before a single by Andrus. The top two hitters in the lineup came home on a single by A.J. Pierzynski, and both got on base and scored again before the Astros finally got the third out.
All nine Rangers scored in the third, when they sent 15 batters to the plate and had seven hits six singles and a double along with three walks, two Houston errors and a sacrifice bunt. Only five of the 11 runs were earned.
The last team in the majors with as many runs in an inning was St. Louis, with a 12-run seventh in a 12-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on July 21, 2012. Texas' last 11-run inning was in the fifth of a 15-3 win at home against Tampa Bay on Sept. 26, 2009.
The AL-West leading Rangers have won 12 of their last 13 games against Houston (41-83), the first-year American League team now 30½ games back in the division.
Matt Garza (3-1) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings. But the right-hander allowed five runs, becoming the first Texas starter in 22 games to allow more than four.
Lucas Harrell (6-14), getting another start after four consecutive relief appearances, allowed nine runs (seven earned) in 2 1-3 innings. He was initially sent to the bullpen after also giving up nine runs in 3 2-3 innings at Texas in a 10-5 loss July 5.
Texas finished with a season high for runs, two nights after a 15-3 victory over Seattle that is its highest-scoring game without a home run in the 20 seasons of Rangers Ballpark.
Texas had 15 runs without a homer again before Pierzynski connected in the seventh. Pierzynski finished with four hits and four RBIs.
Astros infielder Jake Elmore, who made his first major league appearance at catcher when taking over in the fourth, later pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.
After Martin and Andrus got the third started, Ian Kinsler had a sac bunt before Adrian Beltre, hitting .437 over the previous 19 games, was intentionally walked for the second time in the game. Singles by Pierzynski and Alex Rios re-loaded the bases. Mitch Moreland doubled to deep center for two more runs before Jurickson Profar walked to load the bases again, and end Harrell's night.
Reliever Wade LeBlanc, recalled by the Astros earlier Monday, got David Murphy to hit a grounder. Second baseman Jose Altuve made a nifty stop going toward the middle of the infield and flipped the ball with his glove, only for shortstop Jonathan Villar to drop it and allow two runs to score. Martin then walked and Andrus reached on an error before Kinsler's two-run single. Pierzynski drove in another run with a single to cap the scoring.
Martin had an infield single to start the Texas first before Andrus had a single. Kinsler had a sac fly, then Beltre got his first intentional pass before a double steal. Andrus swiped home for a 2-0 lead.
Houston was within 2-1 when Jason Castro and Chris Carter had consecutive doubles to start the second. The Astros then fell behind 15-1 before scoring four times in the seventh.
Notes: The Rangers have stolen home 29 times in team history. The last three have been by Andrus, who did it twice in 2011. ... One of the previous Texas players with a steal of home was Astros manager Bo Porter, who did it June 11, 2001. ... The only Texas starter without a hit was Beltre, who was the first Rangers starter since Oscar Gamble on June 22, 1979, to be intentionally walked in his first two plate appearances. Beltre did score once and had an RBI grounder. ... LHP Travis Blackley, acquired by Texas from Houston last week, will be brought up from Triple-A Round Rock to start Tuesday's game against his former team.