Texas capitalized on Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy’s career-high
three errors and scored two unearned runs off Brian Matusz (2-2) in
the seventh inning to snap Baltimore's four-game winning streak.
Robbie Ross (2-4) notched the win with two scoreless innings of
relief and Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save as
the Rangers ended their seven-game losing streak against the
Moreland singled in two runs in the first off Chris Tillman, who was
pulled after failing to retire any of the first five batters he
faced in the second inning. Choice blasted a two-run shot and Elvis
Andrus delivered an RBI single to give Texas an early 5-0 lead
before Brad Brach retired Moreland and Adrian Beltre to end the
The Orioles battled back in the third as Nick Markakis belted a
two-run homer to right off Colby Lewis, who yielded five runs over
five frames. Baltimore pulled even with two outs in the fifth on
Adam Jones’ two-run double and Chris Davis’ RBI single.
Hardy’s third error of the evening sparked the Rangers’ three-run
rally in the seventh and allowed Rougned Odor to score from third on
Andrus’ routine grounder to short. Alex Rios and Chris Gimenez
followed with RBI singles for the Rangers.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Jones led off the eighth inning with a solo homer off
RHP Tanner Scheppers, who was activated from the disabled list
earlier in the day. The Rangers optioned LHP Aaron Poreda to
Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Scheppers. … Markakis went
6-for-14 with two home runs and five RBIs in the series. ... Tillman
entered the game with a 9.00 ERA in the opening two innings of his
first 12 starts.
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