Rapid Reaction: Orioles 3, Rangers 1
BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis and Brian Roberts hit solo homers off Texas Rangers starter Ross Wolf, and Nate McLouth later added a key RBI single as the Baltimore Orioles pulled out a 3-1 victory Thursday night at Camden Yards to split this four-game series.
|Former Ranger Chris Davis joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss his amazing first half of the season.
Good effort: When the Rangers named Wolf (1-2) the fill-in starter because regularly scheduled starter Yu Darvish was put on the disabled list with a back issue, the right-hander said he could give the team 75 to 80 pitches. He did just that -- and did it very well. Wolf, pitching from the stretch, allowed two runs on three hits in six solid innings. He threw 72 pitches and kept the potent Orioles contained, allowing only the homers from Davis and Roberts and giving the Texas bullpen a much-needed break.
Starting to break out? Mitch Moreland had been stuck in a horrendous slump in recent days. He went into the game 4-for-34 in his previous 11 games but went 3-for-4 Thursday. The first baseman reached on an infield single in the second, a rocket that second baseman Roberts couldn’t quite handle. Moreland then ripped a single to center in the fifth, but the Rangers left two on and couldn’t score. He's now 4-for-12 on this road trip.
|Jim Bowden joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon for his weekly visit to discuss how the Rangers are handling Yu Darvish heading into the All-Star break, the holes on their roster and an intriguing trade proposal that would bring Giancarlo Stanton to Texas.
Streak continues: Adrian Beltre waited until late to keep his hitting streak alive. He singled off Jim Johnson to start the ninth inning. The 12-game streak with which he entered the game was tied for second-longest in the majors behind Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury (18). Beltre now is 23-for-51 during his 13 straight games with a hit. He finished the Baltimore series with six hits overall.
Up next: The Rangers move on to start a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers on Friday. Justin Grimm will be on the mound for Texas against Doug Fister at 6:08 p.m. CT on FSSW and ESPN 103.3 and 1540.
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Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
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Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.