Nick Martinez was better Wednesday and Shin-Shoo Choo hit another homer, but the Texas Rangers couldn’t overcome two Baltimore Orioles homers in a 4-2 loss at Camden Yards.
Martinez allowed four runs (three earned) in 6 2/3 innings, a vast improvement over the nine earned runs he allowed Friday in six innings. But J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer in the seventh snapped a 2-2 ties and also snapped the Rangers’ two-game winning streak.
Choo homered to start the third, his third straight game with a homer, and Ryan Rua added a two-out solo shot in the fourth to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
Jimmy Paredes started the Orioles’ fourth with a homer, and he would bring home an unearned run in the sixth on a fielder’s choice.
Chris Davis started the seventh with a single and was still aboard when Hardy connected with one out.
The Rangers managed only four hits against Wei-Yen Chen, two solo homers, a bunt hit and an infield hit.
Pitching: Nick Martinez wasn’t nearly as bad as he was Friday at Toronto (nine runs in six innings) but still found himself on the wrong end of the score after allowing four runs (three earned) in 6 2/3 innings. … Martinez yielded seven hits, two of them home runs and four of them in the seventh. … Jimmy Paredes got him for a solo homer to start the fourth and beat out the back end of a double play in the sixth after Adrian Beltre had committed an error on an easy Manny Machado grounder that moved Ryan Flaherty to third. … J.J. Hardy connected in the seventh for a two-run homer that gave the Orioles a 4-2 lead. … Spencer Patton got Machado to end the Orioles’ seventh but didn’t retire either of the two batters he faced in the eighth. … Sam Freeman ended the Orioles’ threat in the eighth with two strikeouts and a forceout.
Hitting: The Rangers had only four hits in eight innings against Wei-Yen Chen, two solo homers and two balls that didn’t leave the infield. … Shin-Soo Choo started the scored with a home run to open the third, giving him homers in three straight games for the second time in his career (also April 4-6, 2013, with Cincinnati). … No Rangers player had hit homers in three straight since Adrian Beltre from Sept. 1-3, 2012. … The homer left Choo 3 for 5 with three homers in his career against Chen, though Chen retired him in the next two at-bats. … Ryan Rua, playing for the first time since Saturday, hit a solo homer with two outs in the fourth.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760