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Orioles outslug Rangers 6-5 despite Lewis' 12 strikeouts

UPDATE: Josh Hamilton hit a two-run home run in the top of the first of the second game of the Rangers' doubleheader in Baltimore. It was Hamilton's sixth home run in four games of the series against Baltimore. In the first game Wednesday, Hamilton was 1 for 4 with a single.

BALTIMORE -- Colby Lewis became the first pitcher in major-league history to strike out at least 10 batters but allow at least five homers Thursday as Baltimore powered past the Rangers 6-5 in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Camden Yards.

The Rangers made it interesting in the ninth with a three-run pinch homer by David Murphy with one out, but Orioles closer Jim Johnson retired Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus to end the game.

All five hits Lewis allowed were homers, something that has been done only five times in major-league history. It's only the second time since 1918 that a pitcher threw at least seven innings and allowed all homers in a five-hit game. Charlie Hough did it for the Rangers in 1989.

The first three Orioles batters of the game hit home runs before Lewis staged a remarkable comeback by retiring the next 18, 11 by strikeout. Adam Jones, though, started the seventh with a solo homer, and Wilson Betemit hit a two-run shot two batters later after a walk to Matt Wieters.

Lewis finished the seventh with his career-high 12th strikeout.

Josh Hamilton was retired in the first inning, snapping a streak of six consecutive at-bats with an extra-base hit. Hamilton, who hit four homers Tuesday, went 1 for 4.

Yorvit Torrealba singled in the fourth inning to plate the Rangers' first run, and Adrian Beltre had the second RBI on a generously scored infield single in the eighth. Nelson Cruz and Torrealba reached second and third to start the ninth, but pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland popped out. Murphy followed, and rocketed a Johnson pitch into the right-field seats.

-- Jeff Wilson

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