Chavez has 4 RBIs in Rangers’ 13-4 win over Os
Endy Chavez was met at the dugout steps by his excited manager
after a long home run that put the Texas Rangers ahead to stay.
Chavez still had another big hit left.
After pulling a pitch down the right-field line for a two-run
homer in the second, Chavez sliced a two-run double into the
left-field corner an inning later for his first four-RBI game in
more than eight years. The Rangers won 13-4 over the Baltimore
Orioles and former manager Buck Showalter on Monday night.
”(Chavez) came up and he’s blown everybody away,” said David
Murphy, who drove in a pair of runs with three hits.
Chavez, who had been out of the majors for nearly two years
before joining the Rangers in mid-May, snapped a 6-for-39 slide
with his 383-foot homer that broke a 2-all tie and put Texas ahead
to stay. His only other four-RBI game came June 10, 2003, while
playing for Montreal at Seattle.
”Chavez, he’s going to make contact. He caught a curve ball and
got us a big double,” manager Ron Washington said. ”That’s nice
when you put extra guys in and they can supply you with some
Murphy, like Chavez, isn’t an everyday player in an outfield
that includes sluggers Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.
Adrian Beltre also homered for the Rangers, who had 18 hits.
Michael Young had a single, double and an RBI triple.
Young also had a deep flyout in the sixth before being pinch-hit
for in the eighth when Mike Napoli doubled after coming off the
disabled list earlier Monday.
Washington said he wasn’t aware that Young was only a homer shy
of hitting for the cycle. The manager thought Young had two doubles
in the game, though Young said nothing to him about being taken out
of the game.
”I screwed that one up, my card had two doubles,” Washington
said. ”Michael is a class act.”
Colby Lewis (8-7) won his third straight decision over his last
four starts, allowing three runs on a pair of homers over seven
innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked three on the
ninth anniversary of his first major league victory.
Orioles starter Chris Jakubauskas (2-2) gave up six runs and
seven hits while facing only 13 batters.
The right-hander was done after he walked Hamilton to start the
third and Beltre followed with his 16th homer, a shot that just
cleared the 14-foot wall in left for a 6-2 lead.
”He didn’t have good command. He had too many pitches up in the
zone,” Showalter said. ”We didn’t put up too much
Showalter, who still has a house in the Dallas area where both
of his children attend college, managed a game at Rangers Ballpark
for the first time since he was fired in Texas after the 2006
season. His four years with the Rangers included a memorable 2004
season when they were in playoff contention until the final week of
the regular season.
Just like the Yankees and Diamondbacks did after Showalter
managed them, the Rangers made it to the World Series after he was
gone. New York and Arizona won the World Series the very next
season after he left, while Texas finally won its first AL pennant
last year before losing the World Series in five games to San
Mark Reynolds homered twice for Baltimore, giving him six in his
last five games and 20 for the season. He also had a two-homer game
Saturday in Atlanta.
Reynolds put the Orioles up 2-0 with a 407-foot blast in the
second after Vladimir Guerrero was hit by a pitch. J.J. Hardy hit a
solo shot in the seventh off Lewis before Reynolds went deep
against reliever Darren O’Day in the eighth.
The 33-year-old Chavez had been out of the majors since 2009,
when he tore the ACL in his right knee while playing for Seattle,
before the Rangers purchased his contract May 14 from Triple-A
Round Rock to replace injured center fielder Julio Borbon. Chavez
signed a minor league deal with Texas before the 2010 season. He is
hitting .319 in his 28 games, including a 12-game stretch when he
was 21 of 40.
Alfredo Simon, who had been a candidate to start Tuesday night
in an unfilled spot, took over after the early exit by Jakubauskas
and gave up six runs over 4 1-3 innings. The Orioles likely will
call up right-hander Mitch Atkins from Triple-A Norfolk to make his
first start in the majors.
Notes: Beltre was waiting to hit in the sixth when he fell on
his butt scampering to get out of the way of a bat that slipped out
of Hamilton’s hands on a swing at the plate and flew toward him.
Both were smiling when Hamilton retrieved the bat, then pointed to
the actual on-deck circle several feet away from where Beltre was.
Hamilton also lost the grip of a bat that ended up in the stands in
the third. Nobody was hurt. … Beltre has hit 13 of his homers at
home. … Jakubauskas is 1-5 with a 9.53 ERA in seven career road
starts. … Baltimore starters have a 6.98 ERA over the last 20
games. … Lewis has allowed an AL-high 22 homers. … Reynolds
also had two strikeouts, increasing his season total to 86.