Orioles have lost 12 straight

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- After homering early, Rod Barajas' most
important at-bat of the night resulted in an out.

Barajas ended an eight-pitch at-bat with a sacrifice fly that
drove in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and the Rangers
extended the Baltimore Orioles' season-high losing streak to 12
games with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

David Dellucci also homered for the Rangers, who have won 12 of
their last 15 to remain in the AL West and wild-card races.

Texas started the night second in the majors in extra-base hits
and fourth in homers, but the Rangers turned the game in their
favor with some grinding at-bats in the seventh.

With the game tied at 3, Texas loaded the bases against B.J.
Ryan (3-5) when Laynce Nix walked, Kevin Mench singled, and Gary
Matthews Jr. was walked intentionally.

Barajas fouled off three full-count pitches before lofting a fly
ball to left, and Nix scored easily to give the Rangers their first

"(Ryan) made some good pitches when all I could do was fight
them off," Barajas said. "He came after me with fastballs until I
was able to get something I was able to handle."

Nix's at-bat was also important, fouling off three full-count
pitches before drawing the walk.

"B.J.'s been tough all season," Nix said. "I was just trying
to grind out an at-bat. I made him throw some pitches."

Frank Francisco (5-1) allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings of relief
for the win, giving Texas' bullpen its major league-best 27th
victory. Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 41st save in 43
chances -- and 21st in a row.

Miguel Tejada hit a two-run homer for Baltimore and increased
his major league-leading RBI total to 118 but the Orioles lost
their second in a row to Texas after winning the previous nine

The Orioles' 12-game skid is their longest since losing the
final 12 of the 2002 season, the third-longest streak in club
history. Baltimore's longest stretch of consecutive losses was 21
to start the 1988 season.

Rangers starter Kenny Rogers left with the game tied at 3 after
allowing three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out a
season-high eight and walked three, remaining two victories short
of matching his career high of 17 wins.

"Kenny's effort was outstanding," Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said. "He kept competing. He's not the type of guy who's
going to sit there and not compete."

Baltimore's Rodrigo Lopez also turned in a strong start, giving
up three runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and
walked one, but the Orioles' futility continued.

"When guys are down, you have to find a way to contribute
within yourself and not put all the weight on your shoulders, which
is human nature," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said.

Tejada's two-run shot in the first -- his third against Texas
this year -- gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead, but Dellucci led off the
bottom of the inning with a homer.

In the third, the Orioles made it 3-1 when David Newhan tripled
and scored on Luis Lopez's groundout, but Texas cut the deficit to
one in the third on Barajas' homer.

Rogers made some in-game adjustments to keep his team close.

"I used curveballs, sinkers, cutters, changed speeds," Rogers
said. "I felt like I had a really good night. To last six innings
and keep it close, I'll take it."

Texas tied it at 3 in the sixth on Mark Teixeira's RBI single.

Game notes
The Rangers are 42-21 in Arlington, their best home record
after 63 games in club history. ... Ryan allowed one run and one
hit in one inning. ... Javy Lopez was in the lineup at DH for
Baltimore after missing three of the previous four games due to
lower back spasms. ... Rafael Palmeiro, stuck in a 4-for-35 slump,
wasn't in Baltimore's starting lineup. He flied out as a pinch
hitter in the ninth to end the game. ... Newhan has scored 50 runs
in 65 games. ... Dellucci led off a game with a homer for the first
time in his career. ... Barajas had one homer in his previous 46