The Baltimore Orioles found themselves in a 4-0 hole in the third inning, but their pitching staff kept them there the rest of the way and the offense woke up a bit to score six unanswered runs to secure a 6-4 victory and their third straight win.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman did not have nearly his best stuff and it was easily visible with his lack of command, but battled all night to get through 5 2/3 innings. The Third inning was an odd one to say the least as Elvis Andrus made a late swing on a hit-and-run play and hit Caleb Joseph's glove (and yes the bat hit the glove) which is an error and put Andrus on first base along with Shin-soo Choo on second base with no outs. Texas would ultimately score three runs in the inning to produce a 4-0 lead.
Those would be the last runs the Rangers would score as Tillman worked another 2 2/3 innings, and left with a bases loaded, two out jam and gave way to Brad Brach who induced a Carlos Pena ground out to end the threat. Tillman's final line was 5 2/3 innings while allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits, four walks, and two strikeouts on 111 pitches, of which only 60 were for strikes.
Baltimore's bullpen combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings as Brach worked 1 1/3 innings, and Darren O'Day and Zach Britton each worked a scoreless frame. Britton picked up his 11th save of the season and had to endure an eighth inning rain delay that lasted 1:38.
There was no way of knowing at the time, but after the Rangers scored three runs in the third to give themselves a 4-0 lead, that would be the last time Texas would score and Baltimore was about to mount a comeback.
Adam Jones got the Birds on the board in the fourth with a solo home run, his 16th of the season. Two innings later, with one out and runners on first and second, a Rangers wild pitch allowed both runners to advance a base and Jones made them pay as he hit a sac fly to cut the deficit to 4-2. Nelson Cruz followed Jones with an eight foot high line drive single that drilled the left field wall to drive in another run and cut the deficit to 4-3. Baltimore was not done as JJ Hardy tied the game with a RBI single two batters later and all of the sudden the Rangers saw a four run lead vanish.
Baltimore's offense got right back to it in the seventh when Ryan Flaherty led off the inning with a solo home run into the flag court to give the Birds their first lead of the game at 5-4. With two outs, Steve Pearce drew a walk and advanced to second on a balk. Jones made the Rangers pay for the mistake again as he delivered a two out RBI single to score Pearce and give the O's a two run cushion.
Jones led the way offensively going 2-3 with a home run and three RBI, while Hardy and Flaherty also had a RBI and two hits in the game.
The Orioles have now hit a home run in 12 straight games and have hit multiple home runs in six straight games. The win improved the Orioles to six games over .500 to tie a season high.
Baltimore will look to move to a season high seven games over .500 and get their first four game sweep over an opponent at Camden Yards since 2008 when they swept the Seattle Mariners. The Orioles will be sending Wei-Yin Chen (7-3) to the mound for the start against Rangers ace Yu Darvish (8-4) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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