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Baltimore at Texas

Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
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Although Miguel Gonzalez wasn't the Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher named to the All-Star team, he's clearly been the most reliable member of their rotation the past two months.

Gonzalez has produced seven straight quality starts in an impressive stretch he'll try to continue Saturday night as the visiting Orioles face the Texas Rangers.

Chris Tillman became the fifth Orioles All-Star earlier this week when he was named as a late replacement for Justin Verlander. While Tillman ranks among the AL leaders with 11 wins, Gonzalez (7-3, 3.48 ERA) is better in ERA, opponents' batting average, WHIP and innings per start. The biggest difference between the two is run support, with Tillman receiving 6.29 per game compared to 4.46 for Gonzalez.

The Rangers (54-42) saw just how effective Gonzalez has been lately in a 3-1 loss July 11 at Camden Yards, as they were limited to four hits and one run over 6 2-3 innings.

"His mechanics are so smooth it doesn't look like he's getting it up there very fast, but he must have, because we couldn't square him up," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Gonzalez held the Rangers' No. 2-5 hitters to one single in 12 at-bats as he moved to 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of June.

Baltimore has won all of the right-hander's eight home starts this season, but is 2-6 in his road appearances despite Gonzalez posting a 3.14 ERA in those games.

After losing two straight to the Rangers last week, the Orioles have rebounded with three consecutive wins in the series, including a 3-1 victory Friday. Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the seventh inning and Matt Wieters hit a solo homer to lift Baltimore (54-43) to its fifth win in six contests.

A victory Saturday would move the Orioles a season-best 12 games over .500, but they may have to do it without any production from slugger Chris Davis, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Friday and continues to struggle against his former team. He's 4 for 38 (.105) with 23 strikeouts versus Texas.

The Rangers' loss was their fifth in six games, a stretch during which they have gone 4 for 37 with runners in scoring position. They were hitless in 10 attempts Friday.

Texas failed to homer after going deep at least twice in each of its previous five home games. Nick Markakis robbed Adrian Beltre of a home run with a leaping catch in the fourth inning and added an RBI double in the fifth.

``That was a great play. ... He had a big part in the game tonight,'' teammate Nate McLouth said. ``As far as right fielders, he's about as good as they come. He can swing the bat a little, too.''

Ross Wolf (1-2, 2.14) faces the Orioles for the second straight start and third appearance in a row. Pressed into his second career start after an injury to Yu Darvish, Wolf was very good opposite Gonzalez on July 11, giving up solo homers to Brian Roberts and Davis and one other hit in six innings.

Those home runs were the first allowed this season by Wolf, who pitched five innings of one-run ball to beat Oakland 3-1 on May 22 in his first start.

The right-hander, who had a short stint in the Baltimore organization in 2012, retired the only batter he faced in relief against the Orioles on July 8.

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Probable Starters

Miguel Gonzalez, RHP
2013 stats
101.0 Innings Pitched 33.2
7-3 Wins-Losses 1-2
3.48 Earned Run Average 2.14
34 Walks 9
76 Strikeouts 9
99 Pitches Per Start 72
Career vs. opponent
11.2 Innings Pitched 6.1
1-1 Wins-Losses 0-1
3.86 Earned Run Average 2.84

Ross Wolf, RHP
Weather
weather image  Mostly sunny. Hot.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
91°F73°F7mph/S43%25%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Baltimore1st AL East9260.605-9-1 W 4
Texas5th AL West6092.39534 ½ 7-3 W 6
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Ross Wolf
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Davis42102.500
Roberts21100.500
Wieters21001.500
Chen000000
Feldman000000
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Miguel Gonzalez
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Moreland53002.600
Soto21000.500
Kinsler42110.500
Cruz52010.400
Murphy31020.333
 
Injuries
Baltimore
PlayerInjury
C. DavisSuspension
M. MachadoKnee
N. MarkakisShoulder
J. SantanaShoulder
M. WietersElbow
Texas
PlayerInjury
J. AdduciConcussion
S. BakerTriceps
E. BeltreLeg
M. ChoiceHamstring
S. ChooElbow
Y. DarvishElbow
P. FielderNeck
P. FigueroaElbow
M. HarrisonBack
K. KouzmanoffBack
M. MikolasShoulder
M. MorelandAnkle
A. OgandoElbow
M. PerezElbow
J. ProfarShoulder
A. RiosThumb
T. ScheppersElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 2LAATEX 5-2Lewis Santiago 
May 3LAALAA 5-3Richards Tolleson 
May 4LAATEX 14-3Darvish Skaggs 
Jun 20LAALAA 7-3Richards Saunders 
Jun 21LAALAA 3-2Morin Cotts 
Jun 22LAALAA 5-2Shoemaker Darvish 
Jul 10TEXLAA 15-6Santiago Lewis 
Jul 11TEXLAA 3-0Richards Tepesch 
Jul 12TEXLAA 5-2Weaver Mikolas 
Jul 13TEXLAA 10-7Skaggs Baker 
Aug 15TEXLAA 5-4Richards Martinez 
Aug 16TEXLAA 5-4Shoemaker Lewis 
Aug 17TEXTEX 3-2Feliz Street 
Sep 9TEXLAA 9-3Santiago Lewis 
Sep 10TEXLAA 8-1Shoemaker Tepesch 
Sep 11TEXLAA 7-3Morin Martinez 
Sep 19LAA10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 20LAA 9:05 PM EDT  
Sep 21LAA 3:35 PM EDT