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[June 04, 2014]
Orioles 8, Rangers 3: Nelson Cruz
made a dramatic return to Texas, belting a three-run homer to cap a
six-run eighth inning and lift visiting Baltimore in the opener of a
Cruz, who spent the previous eight seasons with the Rangers,
cracked his major league-leading 21st homer off Shawn Tolleson and
Adam Jones went 4-for-5 with a solo shot as the Orioles beat Texas
for the sixth consecutive time. Nick Markakis collected three hits
with a run-scoring single while Delmon Young and Caleb Joseph each
had two hits and an RBI.
Brian Matusz (2-1) earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief
despite giving up a tying homer to Robinson Chirinos in the seventh.
Adrian Beltre homered among his three hits while Alexi Ogando (2-3)
took the loss for the Rangers, giving up three runs in one-third of
Jones led off the fourth inning with a homer off the foul pole in
right field but Beltre answered with a leadoff blast in the bottom
of the frame, hammering a pitch over the wall in left field.
Baltimore inched ahead in the sixth when singles by Jones and Chris
Davis and a flyout by J.J. Hardy put runners at the corners with one
out before Young delivered an RBI single.
Chirinos smacked a leadoff homer in the bottom of the inning to tie
it at 2-2 but the Orioles broke it open in the eighth, going ahead
on Joseph's run-scoring double off Ogando before Markakis and Manny
Machado greeted Neal Cotts with RBI singles. Texas manager Ron
Washington went to Tolleson to face Cruz, who slammed a long homer
to deep left to turn it into a rout.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Cruz, who left Sunday's game in Houston after taking
a pitch off the left wrist, went deep for the ninth time in his last
14 games and boosted his major league-best RBI total to 55. ...
Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run on four hits over 5 2/3
innings while Rangers LHP Joe Saunders yielded two runs on 10 hits
over six-plus frames. ... Rangers LHP Matt Harrison underwent spinal
fusion surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the
season. The former 18-game winner underwent back surgery in April
2013 and made four starts this season before his back issues flared
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