ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- LaTroy Hawkins faced one of the best
clutch hitters in the majors, and came through for the Baltimore
Hawkins pitched two innings of scoreless relief and Miguel
Tejada had four hits as the Orioles used a three-run 10th inning to
beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Wednesday night.
Hawkins (3-2) gave up two hits and threw a wild pitch in the
ninth, but retired Michael Young on a flyout to keep the game tied
at 4 with runners on second and third and two outs. Young began the
night batting .390 with runners in scoring position, tied for
second in the AL.
"I've been pretty good in those situations, too," Hawkins
said. "No doubt he's a good hitter. I was able to get him to swing
at my pitch."
Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo was confident Hawkins could work
out of the jam, having already used closer Chris Ray.
"He did a good job," Perlozzo said. "There've been some
struggles, but when he's on, he's tough to hit."
The frustrations continue to mount for the Rangers, who have
lost six of nine to fall 9½ games behind the AL West-leading
"We know our chances are slim," Young said. "We know we have
to win every game. We had chances to win it but they made pitches
and we didn't get it done."
Markakis has nine homers in August, setting a club record for
homers in a month by a rookie.
With the game tied at 4 in the 10th, Melvin Mora hit a leadoff
single and Tejada singled one out later off Ron Mahay (1-2) to put
runners on first and second. Gibbons followed with his double into
the right-field corner, making it 5-4.
After Kevin Millar was intentionally walked, Tejada scored from
third on David Newhan's single. Danny Ardoin, signed as the backup
catcher before the game, stretched Baltimore's lead to 7-4 with an
RBI single off Rick Bauer.
"This is about as good as we've been playing all year,"
Gibbons said. "It's been a frustrating season and it would have
been easy to lay down. But we don't want to lay down. We want to
Orioles starter Kris Benson pitched seven strong innings,
allowing two runs and five hits, and handed a 4-2 lead to his
bullpen. But the Rangers rallied to tie it at 4 with a two-run
Todd Williams began the eighth for the Orioles and the Rangers
got leadoff singles from Laird and Matthews to put runners on first
Laird scored on Williams' wild pitch, and Matthews moved to
second. Matthews went to third on Young's flyout, and Sam Perlozzo
brought in Ray, who struck out Teixeira. Carlos Lee followed with a
Texas starter Robinson Tejeda, in his eighth start for the
Rangers, struggled from the outset, throwing 78 pitches in three
innings and allowing four runs in the first.
Brian Roberts led off the game with a walk in a 12-pitch at bat
and Markakis hit his 13th homer into the Rangers' bullpen in
right-center one out later.
The Orioles stretched their lead to 4-0 later in the first on
Newhan's RBI single and Ramon Hernandez's sacrifice fly.
Teixeira's 23rd homer in the first and Laird's seventh homer in
the third -- both solo shots -- pulled Texas within 4-2.
Hernandez pulled a ribcage muscle in the bottom of the
ninth. Perlozzo said Hernandez won't be available Thursday night.
... Tejeda threw 45 pitches in the first inning. ... The Rangers
have renewed the agreement with their Double-A affiliate in Frisco
of the Texas League through the 2010 season. ... The Orioles
acquired infielder Angel Chavez from Philadelphia as the player to
be named in last Sunday's Jeff Conine trade. Chavez batted .276
with six homers and 28 RBI for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.