Rangers 4, Orioles 2

Elvis Andrus hustled home with the go-ahead run in the seventh,

the same inning that he made two spectacular defensive plays, and

the Texas Rangers went on to a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore

Orioles on Tuesday night.

When Josh Hamilton singled to score Yorvit Torrealba in the

seventh, Andrus ran from first on the play and went headfirst into

third ahead of left fielder Nolan Reimold’s throw that ricocheted

off the runner toward the Baltimore dugout. Andrus scrambled to his

feet and ran home to put Texas up 3-2.

The top of the seventh ended on an acrobatic double play by

Andrus, who got the ball from second baseman Ian Kinsler and had to

hurdle over a sliding Adam Jones. After his feet came back to the

ground, Andrus threw off balance, still in time to get Vladimir

Guerrero. On the play before that, Andrus went deep in the hole to

backhand Jones’ grounder and get a force at second.

Tommy Hunter (1-0) worked an inning after taking over for

starter Matt Harrison. Hunter was a 13-game winner last season who

was supposed to be in the rotation again this year before being

slowed by a right groin strain the last week of spring training. It

was his second relief appearance since being activated from the

disabled list Friday.

Neftali Feliz worked a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 21


Jim Johnson (5-2) had allowed only five earned runs his last 25

appearances before giving up three runs, two earned, in the


Mitch Atkins, called up from Triple-A Norfolk to make the start

for Baltimore, allowed one run over six innings. The right-hander

struck out four with no walks in his first major league start, and

eighth major league appearance.

Before reigning AL MVP Hamilton batted with two outs in the

seventh, pitching coach Rick Adair visited the mound. Johnson threw

three consecutive balls before Hamilton took a strike and then

singled the opposite way on the next pitch. Hamilton scored on

Adrian Beltre’s double to deep center.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter once, as manager of Arizona,

intentionally walked Barry Bonds with the bases loaded. But

Hamilton got a pitch to hit.

J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters had solo homers for Baltimore. Hardy

started the game with his third leadoff homer this season, his 13th

overall, and Wieters started the fourth with his eighth.

Harrison gave up 11 hits, the last a single starting the seventh

to Nick Markakis, one of five different Baltimore players with two

hits off the Rangers left-hander. Harrison struck out five with no


Nelson Cruz had an RBI single for Texas in the sixth.

Notes: Rangers RHP Alexi Ogando (8-3) has already thrown 97 2-3

innings, more than he has in any other professional season. After

starting Wednesday, he isn’t likely to pitch in another game until

July 19, the Rangers’ fifth game after the All-Star break. … The

temperature was 102 degrees at first pitch, the highest at Rangers

Ballpark this season. … Texas 1B Mike Napoli paid for betting

against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals. Someone else got to

pick his walk-up music Tuesday night. Among the selections: “Man, I

Feel Like A Woman” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” Napoli

grounded into a double play and struck out twice while going 0 for