The Texas Rangers (45-50) got swept against the Baltimore Orioles (46-49) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the second leg of a three-team road trip. The Rangers will try to return the favor when it hosts the Orioles at Globe Life Park on Sept. 28-30.
Ranger catcher Jonathan Lucroy knocked-in the first run of the four-game series with a RBI double, his 15th, in the second inning of game one. This served as the lone run for the Rangers as the Orioles picked up three runs between the sixth and seventh inning.
Despite the limited run support, Ranger starter Andrew Cashner pitched a quality start. Cashner’s game consisted of 6 2/3 innings pitched, three earned runs, two walks and three strike outs. Then, reliever Jeremy Jeffress finished the game with 1 1/3 innings pitched with two strike outs. Rangers lost 3-1.
Tuesday’s game consisted of the same amount of run support as Monday’s game, coming on right fielder Shin-Soo Choo’s first inning, lead-off home run, his 13th. The rest of the night consisted of the Orioles’ offense.
Ranger starter Tyson Ross did not benefit from nine days of rest on Tuesday night. Ross only lasted 3 1/3 innings and surrendered nine runs, eight earned, off of seven hits and two home runs. The Rangers’ bullpen tried to slow down Baltimore’s offense as it finished the game with 4 2/3 innings pitched and allowed three earned runs on two home runs. Rangers lost 12-1.
Wednesday’s game followed the series trend of limited offense. Ranger first baseman Joey Gallo drove-in the first run in the fifth inning with a solo home run, his 22nd. Backup catcher Robinson Chirinos knocked-in the other Ranger run on a ninth inning RBI single.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez allowed three earned runs through six innings and kept the Rangers in the game until the seventh inning. Perez and reliever Matt Bush were responsible for a seven-run seventh inning for the Orioles. Then, Jeffress and reliever Jason Grilli finished the game with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. The box score shows Perez gave up five earned runs on seven hits and Bush gave up five runs, only one earned, on four hits over 2/3 innings. Rangers lost 10-2.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre gave the Rangers an early lead with a RBI single in the first. Three innings later, center fielder Carlos Gomez used his 13th double of the season to make it 2-0 Rangers. The next inning, first baseman Mike Napoli hit a three-run home run, his 21st, to make it 5-1 Rangers. Finally, Choo concluded the night for the Rangers’ offense with a two-run single in the ninth to pull within two runs of the Orioles.
Ranger lefty Cole Hamels was not able to maintain his recent success as he surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits and three home runs over 5 1/3 innings. The bullpen limited the Orioles to two earned runs over 2 2/3 innings. Jeffress and 23-year-old reliever Jose Leclerc were responsible for this stretch. Rangers lost 9-7.
After this four-game series, Beltre is 17 hits away from becoming the 31st player in MLB to obtain 3,000 career hits.
The Rangers will remain in the AL East as it wrap-ups its 10-day, post-All Star break road trip in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays (51-45). The final leg of this road trip can be heard throughout the weekend on:
Friday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 5:30 CT
Saturday- Franchise 107.7 at 5:30 CT
Sunday- Franchise 107.7 at 11:30 CT