Adrian Beltre went deep twice and drove in five runs for the Texas Rangers. But it wasn’t enough to get them into the win column.
The Baltimore Orioles held on for a 6-5 victory on Wednesday night, sending the Rangers to their fourth loss in the past five games. Texas is below .500 (29-30) for the first time since May 24 and have gone 4-12 in their last 16 home games.
The Orioles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, courtesy of an error by rookie shortstop Luis Sardinas. But the Rangers answered in their half with a two-out, two-run homer by Beltre.
Baltimore struck again in the third, scoring three times. Nick Markakis led off with a solo homer off Nick Martinez, Adam Jones had a run-scoring single and J.J. Hardy had a sacrifice fly to score Nelson Cruz, who reached on another error by Sardinas.
They extended their lead to 5-2 in the fifth when Chris Davis connected on a solo shot off Martinez. But the Rangers responded once again in their half of the inning.
Beltre delivered a game-tying shot with two outs, sending a three-run blast over the right-center field fence. It was Beltre’s first multi-homer game since July 9 last season.
Beltre’s standout night wasn’t enough, though. Markakis produced the go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the sixth off Rangers lefty reliever Aaron Poreda, a run that was charged to Martinez. And that proved to be the difference.
The Rangers briefly threatened in the ninth when Elvis Andrus led off with a bunt single against Orioles lefty Zach Britton, but Shin-Soo Choo bounced into a double play. Sardinas kept the inning alive, though, with his third hit of the night with a single to center. However, it wasn’t meant to be as pinch-hitter Michael Choice struck out.