Rapid Reaction: Rangers 8, Orioles 4
BALTIMORE -- Adrian Beltre hit two homers and finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs to help the Texas Rangers to an 8-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night at Camden Yards. The Rangers now have won the first two games of this series and three in a row.
Staying hot: This game belonged to Beltre. He hit a solo homer in the second and a three-run shot in the fifth as part of the 4-for-4, five-RBI night. He also added a bloop RBI single in the ninth. This stretched his recent hitting streak to 11 games and was the 25th multi-homer game of his career. Beltre now is hitting a sizzling .488 (21-for-43) during this run. The only negative on this night was his fifth-inning error that helped the Orioles score twice in that frame.
Double trouble: The Rangers came up with plenty of offense once more, but they were hurt by the double-play ball. Baltimore turned double plays in the second, third and sixth innings to stop Texas. The Rangers got an unusual double play of their own in the seventh when Manny Machado was called out on strikes. Nick Markakis appeared to have stolen second on the play, but Machado was ruled to have interfered with catcher A.J. Pierzynski. That meant both Markakis and Machado were out.
Road success: The Rangers keep finding plenty of success away from the Lone Star State. The win in this game improved Texas' road record to 26-18, tops in the American League. In addition, the Rangers now have won four straight road games and eight of their past nine away from home.
Road success, part 2: Pierzynski continued his recent success on the road in Tuesday’s win. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the seventh inning that gave the Rangers a crucial insurance run. Pierzynski now has hits in his past 11 consecutive road games and 22 of his past 23. He’s done especially well at Camden Yards, hitting .349 (52-for-149) in Baltimore’s home park.
Streak ends: Starter Martin Perez hadn’t given up an earned run in 18 innings until the Orioles scored one in the second inning of this game. Perez retired the first five Baltimore batters until the Orioles banged out consecutive singles from Matt Wieters, Nate McLouth and then Brian Roberts. The Roberts hit scored Wieters and ended Perez's streak. He hadn’t allowed an earned run in his past two starts. He got the win after allowing four runs in his six-plus innings, but just two were earned as the Rangers made three errors behind him.
Up next: The Rangers will try for a fourth straight victory when Josh Lindblom takes on Wei-Yin Chen in his return from nearly two months on the disabled list at 6:05 p.m. CT on FSSW and ESPN 103.3 and 1640 AM.
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