Today in Sports History [8/22/1997] – Rangers Score 30 Runs, Win by 27

Today in Sports History [8/22/1997] – Rangers Score 30 Runs, Win by 27

On this day in 2007, the baseball world saw a beating like it had never seen before. The Texas Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, setting a record for the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.

The Rangers trailed, 3-0, then scored, to the shock of even their own fans, 30 unanswered runs.

It was the first time since 1900, thought of as the beginning of the “modern era”, that a team had scored 30 runs. It was also the largest margin of victory in the modern era.

The Rangers made sweeped the series with a 9-7 win in the second game. Brad Wilkerson, the only Texas player who played and did not have a hit in the 30-run game, drove home the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly.

At the end of the night, two games were played and the Rangers set an AL record for most runs in a day by scoring 39. The major league record for run scoring one one day is held by Boston of the NL, who beat Cincinnati 18-3 and 25-8 (43 total runs) on Aug. 21, 1894.

The end of the night had these final numbers for the Rangers: 40 hits and 13 walks in 92 official at-bats. Ian Kinsler came to the plate 13 times in the doubleheader. Rookie David Murphy had six hits. Rookie Travis Metcalf had eight RBIs.

Texas finished the season 75-87, last place in the AL West.