Rapid Reaction: Rangers 13, Orioles 5
July, 6, 2011
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers pounded out 13 runs on 18 hits in a 13-5 rout of the Orioles to complete the sweep (the club's first sweep since a four-game set against Cleveland in early June). The win, coupled with the Angels' loss to the Tigers earlier in the afternoon, put the Rangers one game up in the AL West. It also ended a string of seven straight series-finale losses.
* Alexi Ogando appears to have put the rough three-start stretch in June behind him. The right-hander had his second consecutive quality start (after allowing 10 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings in three starts before that), allowing three runs in seven innings. Ogando's fastball had life the whole night. He threw one to strike out Derrek Lee at 96 mph in the seventh, his 102nd pitch of the night.
* Ogando gave up four hits, three of them extra-base hits. The Orioles got all three runs off Ogando on homers -- a two-run shot from Lee and a solo shot from Vladimir Guerrero.
* The Nos. 4-6 hitters in the Rangers' lineup drove in the first six Texas runs. Adrian Beltre, Michael Young and Nelson Cruz each had two RBIs in the first six innings.
* The Rangers have at least 10 hits in 14 of their last 18 games. They did it for the 41st time this season, second most in the majors (Detroit has 42). They had 46 hits in the three-game series against the Orioles.
* Young, who leads the Rangers' regulars in batting average and is second in RBIs, hit a double with one out in the first to drive in the second run of the game. Young came into the game hitting .400 (8-for-20) during the homestand. He ended up with three more RBIs and three hits. It was Young's third consecutive game with at least three hits and his 14th of the season.
* Beltre's double in the fifth ended with him on one knee and Elvis Andrus coming into score. Beltre has 67 RBIs in 88 games, the team high.
* Endy Chavez showed some good baserunning instincts, going to third base with two outs when it was clear the Orioles weren't covering the bag. That way he could get halfway down the line and score with no problem when Ian Kinsler's bloop single went into center field in the sixth.
* The Rangers scored four two-out runs in the game. They have 147 RBIs with two outs, second most in the AL. So they are doing a nice job at the plate to keep innings alive.
* Yet another headfirst slide caused some discomfort. Andrus, who has been nursing a sore left wrist, went headfirst into second on a double in the fifth. He came up grabbing the wrist as it looked like he got it stuck in the dirt (just like when he hurt it originally). But he stayed in for the rest of the game.
* Two Rangers ended long hitless stretches. The Andrus double put to rest an 0-for-16 stretch and Mitch Moreland's single in the fourth ended 15 hitless at-bats for him.
* Kinsler started a nice double play to end the sixth inning. Kinsler got to a bouncing ball, quickly flipped it to Andrus at second, who tossed it to first to get Adam Jones, who can run. It ended a threat in the sixth and was a solid defensive play.
* Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, becoming the final Rangers starter to get on base in the game. It was also the end of the Emily Jones jinx as Napoli was hitless during Tuesday's game when he lost a bet to the FSSW reporter and had to go out to different walk-up music and was hitless. He had a flyout, double play and strikeout before the homer.
* One of the best parts of the night came after Guerrero hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh. The Rangers fans gave him a huge cheer, many of them standing. It was a nice salute to what Guerrero did for the Rangers last season. It was Guerrero's 25th homer against the Rangers in his career.