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Hamilton homers as Rangers gain split with Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the first inning Tuesday night, and Elvis Andrus had a pair of RBI singles to back Derek Holland as the Rangers earned a doubleheader split with a 7-3 victory with Baltimore.

The Rangers snapped a three-series losing streak and left Camden Yards with a 21-11 record and a seven-game lead over Anaheim as the last-place Angels visit Rangers Ballpark for a three-game series that starts Friday.

Hamilton's homer was his 15th of the season and sixth of the series. But Baltimore wiped it out with three unearned runs in the second inning as the Rangers committed three errors behind Holland.

But Nelson Cruz started the fifth with a double off Tommy Hunter, and Mike Napoli followed with a triple for a 3-3 tie. Andrus, who committed one of the second-inning errors, delivered a two-out single to score Napoli and put the Rangers back in front, 4-3.

Andrus delivered another RBI single to jump-start a three-run second.

Holland (3-2) allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out five, but was removed after using 96 pitches.

After Alexi Ogando tossed a perfect seventh inning, Mike Adams had to pitch around two one-out walks in a scoreless eighth. The first two Orioles reached in the ninth against Joe Nathan, but he got a double play and a strikeout to end it.

-- Jeff Wilson

Orioles 6, Rangers 5 (F, Game 1)

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.

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