Martin Perez cruised through the first four innings and Bobby Wilson’s double scored Elvis Andrus with the go-ahead run in the sixth as the Rangers defeated the Orioles 4-3 Saturday at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Martin Perez retired the first 11 hitters he faced before Adam Jones’ grounder scooted under Elvis Andrus’ glove at short in the fourth. The Orioles got to Perez in the fifth, however, including a leadoff homer by Steve Pearce. Another run scored on a sacrifice fly to right and Manny Machado’s single to center tied it at 3-3 before Perez got out of it.
Perez retired the next four batters before two one-out singles in the seventh. Keone Kela replaced him and retired the next two hitters with a foul out and strikeout to end the threat. Perez allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four.
Jake Diekman recorded two outs in the eighth before being replaced Sam Dyson after a single. Dyson forced a pop up to end the inning. Shawn Tolleson started the ninth and allowed a leadoff single by Jonathan Schoop. Schoop made it third with two outs but Tolleson struck out Machado to end the game.
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Hitting: Texas let a prime scoring chance slip away in the first after Delino DeShields led off with a triple through the gap in right-center. After Shin-Soo Choo grounded out to first, DeShields was thrown out at home after being caught off third in a rundown on Prince Fielder’s one-hopper back to the mound. Another opportunity was thwarted in the second after Mitch Moreland led off with a single and moved to second on Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice bunt. Will Venable struck out before Bobby Wilson walked. Hanser Alberto grounded into a force to end the threat.
DeShields started the third with an infield single and scored on Choo’s double to right-center. After Fielder flew out, Adrian Beltre made it 3-0 with a two-run homer to left-center. After the Orioles had tied it at 3-3, Texas reclaimed the lead, 4-3, with a run in the sixth. With two outs, Andrus tripled off the wall in left and later scored on Wilson’s double to left. Singles by Fielder and Beltre with two outs in the seventh was thwarted when Moreland grounded out to second.
Notable: Beltre has 13 homers and 408 in his career, moving him out of a tie with Duke Snider and Miguel Cabrera for 51st all-time ... Beltre has nine multi-hit games in August ... DeShields’ first-inning triple was his ninth this season, which is third all-time for Rangers rookies, behind 10 by Ruben Sierra (1986) and David Hulse (’93) ... Choo has reached base safely in 33 games he has started since the All-Star break.
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