Caleb Joseph also drove in a run for the Orioles, who are 4-4 on
their 11-game homestand. Ubaldo Jimenez (3-8) halted his nine-start
winless streak in impressive fashion, allowing an unearned run and
four hits while striking out seven in eight innings.
Adrian Beltre continued his hot hitting with a double and Leonys
Martin scored the lone run for the Rangers, who kicked off their
seven-game road trip with their sixth straight loss away from home
and 10th in 12 contests overall. Joe Saunders (0-5) was tagged for
seven runs and nine hits in five frames as he dropped his third
Baltimore jumped out to an early lead as Nick Markakis drew a
leadoff walk in the first and Pearce followed with his eighth home
run. Jones belted a solo shot two batters later and Hardy led off
the second with a blast to make it 4-0.
Pearce completed his first multi-homer performance of the season
with another two-run shot in the fourth before Texas got on the
board in the fifth, when Martin scored on Orioles third baseman
Chris Davis' throwing error. Baltimore added a run in the bottom
half on Joseph's sacrifice fly.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Beltre is 15-for-27 over his last eight games. ...
Jimenez walked only one batter after issuing at least four free
passes in five of his previous seven starts. ... Davis made his
first start at third base since 2011 in place of Manny Machado,
whose five-game suspension for incidents against Oakland earlier
this month was upheld by the league Monday despite his appeal.
Machado will not be eligible to return to the Orioles' lineup until
Saturday at Boston.
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