Orioles 5, Rangers 3
Rangers starting pitcher Scott Feldman worked out of a rough
stretch in May and June when he lost six straight by reeling off
six consecutive victories.
After a 5-3 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday in which he gave up
five runs on seven hits over five innings, he’s now dropped three
in a row.
No reason to panic, his manager said, even after the Rangers’
right-hander gave up two big run-scoring hits with two outs,
including Nate McLouth’s two-run home run, in the Orioles’ decisive
four-run fifth inning.
Manny Machado had a run-scoring triple and J.J. Hardy’s two-out
double plated another run for Baltimore in the inning, which was
followed with two shutdown innings by Chris Tillman (6-2).
”I think if there’s any pitch he’d want to take back in that
inning, it would be the one to McLouth,” manager Ron Washington
said. ”But other than that, there was no indication they were
going to put four runs on the board, because both he and Tillman
were pitching very well.”
Tillman worked 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits
while striking out seven before giving way to the bullpen, which
now has a 1.57 ERA in the last 18 games.
The Orioles’ right-hander kept Rangers hitters off-balance with
effective off-speed pitches and good command of his fastball.
That follows a performance two years ago in which Tillman held
the Rangers to two runs on two hits and a walk over a career-high 7
Tillman has held the Rangers to a .203 average in three
”It ain’t easy,” said Tillman, who improved to 6-2 on the
season with a 3.71 ERA and 4-1 on the road.
”These guys have a great lineup and you have to respect that
whether you’re ahead or behind.”
Jim Johnson worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his 38th
”Chris was good,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ”He
had command of the breaking ball early, and threw the fastball on
both sides of the plate.”
The Rangers scored two on Geovany Soto’s two-run homer in the
seventh inning to close a 5-1 deficit to two and then put the tying
run on base, but Pedro Strop struck out Josh Hamilton on a slider
to end the threat.
David Murphy, 10 for 19 with a homer and three doubles and six
RBI in his previous five games, went 1 for 4 on Tuesday, including
a groundout with a runner on base to end the Rangers’ half of the
”Pedy got a couple of big outs for us,” Showalter said. The
bullpen ”has been a constant for us. We’ve been able to share the
load and pass it around.
”We’ve got a lot of people we have confidence in.”
Feldman struck out four and walked one while ending a string of
good performances by Rangers pitching, which entered Tuesday having
allowed two runs or less in three consecutive games and just four
total in the three-game winning streak.
The starting rotation had posted a 2.96 ERA in the previous
”I thought he made a real good pitch to Hardy and he went down
and poked it to right field,” Washington said. ”That’s a part of
baseball, I think Scott has been throwing the ball really well.
That’s just the way it went tonight.”
The AL West-division leading Rangers lost a game to Los Angeles
in the standings and lead the Angels by eight games. Oakland, which
started the evening six back, were playing late at home against
The Orioles broke loose for four runs in the fifth. Machado’s
triple scored Omar Quintanilla and McLouth sent a Feldman pitch
into the left-field seats for a two-run home run that made the
”All you’re trying to do in that situation is limit the
damage,” Feldman said. ”Even after giving up that hit to Hardy,
we’re still in the game. I just made a bad pitch to McLouth.”
The Rangers’ Ian Kinsler hit his 14th home run of the season to
tie the game in the third on a 1-0 pitch.
Orioles took a first-inning lead by scoring an unearned run with
McLouth walked, stole second and advanced to third on an error
when Geovany Soto’s throw sailed into center field. He scored on
Feldman’s wild pitch.
Notes: Entering the game, three of the top 22 qualifiers in ERA
as relievers in the AL were Orioles. Pedro Strop (2nd, 1.49),
Darren O’Day (17th, 2.49) and Troy Patton (22nd, 2.58). . The
Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, hitting .235 in his previous 30 games, went
2 for 4 on Tuesday. . The Orioles have won 12 consecutive one-run
games. The franchise has done that on three other occasions, 1964,
1970 and 1979. Baltimore went to the World Series in 1970 and `79
and won 97 games and finished two games back of eventual World
Series champion New York Yankees in `64. . Rangers reliever Michael
Kirkman extended a scoreless innings streak to seven in his last
six games after holding the Orioles to no runs in two innings.
Kirkman also has stranded 11 of the last 13 inherited runners,
including three in a game three times.