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.