Rapid Reaction: Orioles 6, Rangers 1
BALTIMORE -- Nolan Reimold’s three-run homer in the fourth off Josh Lindblom broke the game open early as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 on Wednesday night. Texas had won the first two games of this series and three in a row before this contest.
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Rough night: Lindblom struggled throughout his 5 1/3 innings. He gave up six runs on nine hits overall, with four walks and a single strikeout. The Orioles got to him for two runs in the third and four more in the fourth, with the biggest damage coming on Reimold’s three-run homer that put the Orioles on top 6-0. But Lindblom got out of the fourth and pitched into the sixth, throwing a total of 119 pitches on this hot and humid evening, as the Rangers probably were trying to protect their bullpen for Thursday’s game due to the Darvish situation.
Streak continues: On a night when not much went right for the Rangers, Adrian Beltre kept rolling. His fourth-inning single to center extended his recent hitting streak to 12 games. He finished the night 1-for-4 with an RBI. In Tuesday’s win over the Orioles, Beltre went 4-for-4 with five RBIs and two homers. He now has 20 homers for the season, the 11th time he’s done that in his career.
Streak continues, Part 2: Nelson Cruz stretched his hitting streak to six games, thanks to a sixth-inning single. That hit moved Ian Kinsler to third and set up the first Texas run, which scored moments later on a Beltre forceout. Cruz now has hit in seven straight games at Oriole Park.
Out of control: Rangers pitchers Lindblom and Cory Burns couldn’t find the strike zone often enough in this game. They combined to walk seven in seven innings while striking out only two. Even with that, the control troubles didn’t hurt Texas that badly, as only two Orioles who walked scored, both in the fourth inning off Lindblom -- who also let in a run on a wild pitch in that frame. Burns walked the bases loaded in the seventh but got out of the jam unscathed.
Up next: The Rangers conclude this four-game series with the Orioles on Thursday. Miguel Gonzalez will start for the Orioles, while Texas hadn’t announced a starter during the game as Darvish was supposed to be on the mound. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. CT on FSSW and ESPN 103.3 and 1540.
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