ARLINGTON, Texas — With one swing in the first inning, Nolan Arenado quickly took the drama out of whether he would match Colorado’s record hitting streak and set the Rockies up for another rout over Texas.
Arenado’s two-run double in the first extended his hitting streak to 27 games, matching teammate Michael Cuddyer’s record streak from last year. It also put Colorado ahead to stay on way to its third lopsided victory over the Rangers in as many nights, 9-2 on Wednesday.
“Nolan is one of those guys that’s really locked in right now, and it was good to see him get that hit in the first at-bat,” manager Walt Weiss said. “I think that kind of set the tone.”
That was the first of three hits for Arenado, who is hitting .364 (39 of 107) in the streak that started a month ago Friday. His streak is the longest for anyone 23 years or younger since Albert Pujols had a 30-gamer in 2003 when he was 23.
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“It’s pretty cool, pretty cool,” Arenado said. “I’m trying to stay within myself, I’m not trying to get too big, or trying to hit the home run. I’m just trying to hit the ball hard. I’m going to keep on saying that until the year is over.”
Carlos Gonzalez homered for Colorado, which has outscored Texas 29-5 in three games this week.
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The outfielder hasn’t played since April 26. Braun was hitting .318 with six homers and 18 runs batted in when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 3.
• The Chicago Cubs have placed reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate left groin strain.