The Texas Rangers (41-56) lost two of three against the Baltimore Orioles (28-69) at Camden Yards.
Left fielder Joey Gallo hit a solo home run, his 22nd, in the fifth inning of the series opener. Then, pinch hitter Ryan Rua hit a three-run home run, his fifth, before right fielder Nomar Mazara hit a RBI double, his 16th. Texas won 5-4.
Lefty Cole Hamels allowed four runs, a walk and struck out three in 6 1/3 innings. Then, four relievers combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings with a walk and four strikeouts. This performance from the bullpen included closer Keone Kela’s 23rd save.
The Rangers were shutout and held to four hits in game two. Texas lost 1-0.
Lefty Martin Pérez pitched seven innings of one-run ball with two walks and four strikeouts in his return from the disabled list before the bullpen pitched a scoreless eighth with a strikeout.
First baseman Ronald Guzman hit a grand slam, the first of his career and his ninth home run of the season, in the first of the series finale. Finally, designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo home run, his 18th, in the seventh. Texas lost 6-5.
Lefty Mike Minor allowed six runs, five earned, two walks and struck out one in 2 2/3 innings before the bullpen combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings with a walk and two strikeouts.
The Rangers will continue play against the Cleveland Indians (52-43) in a three-game series at Globe Life Park, following the All-Star break.
These games can be heard on:
Friday- Franchise 2, 1560 AM at 7 p.m.
Saturday- Franchise 107.7 and 107.9 Tulsa at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday- Franchise 107.7 and 107.9 Tulsa at 1:30 p.m.