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Texas Rangers fall to Orioles in home opener

ARLINGTON — With all the optimism that comes with Opening Day, it was the same story for fans watching the Texas Rangers in person for the first time Tuesday.

Sub par pitching leaving the offense to play from behind.

Starter Jason Jennings, who came to Texas this season from Houston, struggled from the start and the Baltimore Orioles took advantage, taking an early lead and building on it for a 8-1 win in front of 48,808 fans at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

It's the third home-opening loss for the Rangers in the last four seasons (Texas beat Boston last year). "I'm disappointed we lost the ballgame," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "We were ready. We went out there to play. Their pitching just shut us down."

Baltimore's Aubrey Huff, who starred for White Settlement Brewer, led the Orioles offense with the 12th four-hit game of his career. He reached base in all five plate appearances, driving in four runs and nearly hitting a homer that was switched to a double.

Jennings threw 25 pitches in the first inning but did escape without allowing a run after walking the bases loaded.

That wasn't the case in the second — Scott Moore started the inning with his first home run of the season. Adam Jones followed with a single and came around on a Brian Roberts single.

Baltimore got Jennings for two more runs in the third, as Luke Scott homered. Jennings had just one clean inning, and was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning and the bases loaded. Jamey Wright replace Jennings, getting Jones to ground out and ending the fifth.

Jennings went 4 2/3 innings, allowing the four runs off seven hits and walks.

Texas' offense couldn't capitalize with runners on base for most of the game, stranding nine runners.

"I'll tell you, that Burres kid did a pretty good job of keeping us off balance for six pretty good innings," said Washington. "We had some opportunities, but we just couldn't get hits."

Milton Bradley was thrown out at home in the second inning trying to score on a pitch that got away from catcher Ramon Hernandez, the Rangers left the bases loaded in the fourth and left Gerald Laird stranded at third base in the fifth.

The Rangers finally got on the board in the seventh inning, as David Murphy's leadoff single chased Oriole starter Brian Burres. Ben Broussard followed with a single and a third single from Ian Kinsler scored Murphy. The Rangers still stranded both Broussard and Kinsler.

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