The Baltimore Orioles used a solid effort in a spot start from T.J. McFarland and a four-run fourth inning to secure their second victory in a row with an 8-3 win over the Texas Rangers Tuesday Night.
With the bases loaded and one out with the score 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth, Caleb Joseph hit a tailor-made groundball to Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, but he booted it, which allowed a run to score and the inning to continue. Nick Markakis promptly delivered a two run double and Steve Pearce followed with a sac fly to give the Orioles an 8-2 lead. It was great to see the offense make their opponent pay for an error and the Orioles took complete advantage of it.
The four run fourth inning was the Orioles third multi-run inning of the game as they scored two in the first thanks to solo home runs by Pearce and Nelson Cruz, and two more in the second courtesy of a two run home run from Joseph.
It marked the 16th time in the last 17 games that the Orioles have homered, including one in each of their last 11, as well as their fifth straight multi home run game.
Jonathan Schoop had the only multi-hit game for the Birds as he went 2-4 with two runs scored, while Markakis and Pearce each had two RBI and Joseph had three.
McFarland (1-1) picked up his first win in the big leagues as a starting pitcher as he was filling in for the injured Bud Norris and performed admirably. He gave Baltimore all that they could have expected out of the young left hander as he had not been stretched out for a while now, and the five innings he threw were a career high. Once his night was over he had tossed five innings, while allowing two runs on seven hits, zero walks, and two strikeouts.
The Orioles bullpen, which was well rested, tossed four innings of one run ball, while allowing the one run on three hits, zero walks and struck out four.
Baltimore has now scored 22 runs in their last three games, including 15 in the first two games of their series with the Rangers. The offense will look to stay hot as Chris Tillman (7-4) takes the mound against Miles Midolas (0-0) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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