One.

Best thing about last night?

The 14-hit, 12-run barrage from a beleaguered offense, with seven different hitters driving in runs?

Alex Rios skillfully sailing his way to a six-inning cycle?

The complete-game shutout from Derek Holland, who threw 29 balls all night — to 33 Houston batters?

The fact that, under the urgent circumstances facing his team, Holland gave the bullpen the night off?

Or that Texas snapped its franchise-record seven-game home losing streak, logging its first Rangers Ballpark win in September, on a night when it basically had to win to keep the swim alive?

Texas 12, Houston 0.  Slam dunk: Still just two points.  One of 162.

But a real big one.

The most important stat wasn’t the 14 or the 12 or the seven, or the 2B-1B-HR-3B, or the 9-6-0-0-1-9 or the 29/33.  It was the 1 that was added to the win column, giving that loss column the night off.

Your turn, Yu.  Be great.

 
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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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