Rookies carry Rangers past Phillies 5-1

June 29, 2008 7:06:00 PM PDT
Eric Hurley pitched into the sixth inning to earn his first major league win and Chris Davis homered to lead the Texas Rangers past the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1 Sunday night.

Hurley (1-1) allowed one run and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in his fourth big league start. The 22-year-old rookie struck out three and walked two.

Davis, a 22-year-old rookie who was called up from the minors Thursday, became the first Rangers player to homer in each of his first two starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He hit a two-run shot in his first start Friday against Philadelphia.

Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Kinsler was 9-of-13 during the series against the Phillies in which the Rangers won two of three.

Philadelphia, which has a one-game lead over Florida in the National League East, has lost six consecutive series dating back to early June. This is most for the Phillies since dropping eight straight June 11-July 6, 2006.

Ryan Howard drove in the lone run for the Phillies, who mustered only five hits in losing for the 11th time in 14 games.

Philadelphia starter Jamie Moyer (7-6) gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings. The 45-year-old lefty struck out six and walked four in a matchup against an opposing starting pitcher who was about half his age.

Hurley allowed three hits and took a shutout into the sixth.

Chase Utley doubled with one out, and Howard chased Hurley with an RBI single that brought the Phillies to 3-1.

Jamey Wright came out of the bullpen and induced an inning-ending grounder from Greg Dobbs.

The Rangers scored single runs in each of the first three innings off Moyer.

Kinsler tripled to right in the first and came home on Michael Young's groundout. Kinsler is 21-of-49 during his 12-game hitting steak.

Davis homered in the second, and Josh Hamilton had an RBI single in the third to put Texas ahead 3-0.

Texas tacked on two runs in the eighth on Ramon Vazquez's RBI single and Young's groundout.

Notes: Rangers minor leaguer Dustin Nippert threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Oklahoma on Sunday. Nippert struck out five and walked two against Omaha. ... Philadelphia swept Atlanta June 6-8 for its last series win. ... The Phillies finished 4-11 in interleague play while the Rangers were 10-8.