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