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Soriano, Rangers back on track, extend O's skid

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- The Texas Rangers ended their losing streak at the expense of the Baltimore Orioles, who also took a hit off the field while stumbling to their sixth successive defeat.

Alfonso Soriano homered, had three hits and drove in two runs, leading the Rangers to a 4-2 victory Monday night that stopped a five-game skid.

Joaquin Benoit (2-1) gave up four hits over five shutout innings in his second start of the season. The first came last Wednesday, when he allowed six runs in five innings in a loss to the New York Yankees.

This time, though, the right-hander delivered a much-needed victory.

"It's really big. We come off losing five games in a row and I think this way, we just kind of wake up everybody," Benoit said. "It wasn't the best game of our lives, but it was a good way to start."

Francisco Cordero, the fifth Texas pitcher, worked the ninth for his 23rd save, getting Miguel Tejada to ground into a game-ending double play.

Tejada went 0-for-5, and the Orioles twice left the bases loaded in the first four innings.

"We could have put them away," first baseman Rafael Palmeiro said, "but we didn't. We're struggling. We're not giving our pitchers any support."

It was a bad night for Baltimore in more ways than one. Not only did the Orioles match their season-high losing streak, but they also lost a possible addition to a struggling offense that stranded 10 runners and has scored more than five runs only once since the All-Star break.

During the game, Baltimore learned that San Diego Padres first baseman Phil Nevin blocked a proposed trade that would have sent him to the Orioles for pitcher Sidney Ponson. Nevin had the right to reject a deal to eight teams, including Baltimore.

"He just decided that ... family factors, personal factors, took precedent over baseball factors," said Nevin's agent, Barry Axelrod. "He wants to remain a part of San Diego and the ballclub. He's always wanted to be in San Diego."

Jay Gibbons homered and Melvin Mora had three hits for the Orioles, who dropped to two games over .500 (50-48) for the first time since April 21.

Afterward, Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli decided to cancel batting practice Tuesday and ordered the players to show up just 95 minutes before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start.

"We're going to lay off the pregame hitting. These are hot days, and I think we're trying a little bit too hard," he said. "Sometimes you just go and strap it on and get 15 hits in a game," he said.

Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera (8-8) pitched five innings, giving up three runs, three hits and a career-high seven walks.

After Benoit left, Gibbons hit his 15th homer on the second pitch from Ron Mahay, and Larry Bigbie added a run-scoring groundout to bring the Orioles to 3-2 in the sixth.

But that was the extent of the Baltimore offense, which failed to benefit from the return of catcher Javy Lopez, who spent two months on the disabled list with a broken hand. Lopez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

The Rangers made it 4-2 in the eighth when Soriano singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez.

"We lost five games in a row, so I think the game tonight is very important for us," said Soriano, who scored twice.

Texas went up 1-0 in the third, thanks to Cabrera's wildness -- and a mental lapse by the right-hander. After Gary Matthews walked and was caught stealing, Cabrera walked three straight to load the bases. Mark Teixeira followed with a grounder to first, and Cabrera was late covering the base on the back end of a potential double play, allowing a run to score.

"That's a mental mistake," Mazzilli said. "That can't happen."

Soriano hit his 25th homer leading off the fourth, and Baltimore left the bases loaded in the bottom half.

The Rangers made it 3-0 in the fifth. Cabrera issued a pair of two-out walks before Soriano blooped an RBI single to right.

That proved to be enough to lift the Rangers back to .500 (49-49).

"A winning streak can start tonight," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "We'll see tomorrow."

Notes

  • Texas' David Dellucci was given the night off after going 1-for-15 in his previous five games.
  • Sammy Sosa's eight-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 night.
 
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Alfonso Soriano homers and finishes the night with three hits and two RBI.  (AP)
Alfonso Soriano homers and finishes the night with three hits and two RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

J. Gibbons
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
Kevin Mench, LF3000201 .269
Michael Young, SS3010200 .324
Mark Teixeira, 1B4101112 .276
Hank Blalock, 3B4000115 .284
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4232010 .284
Richard Hidalgo, RF4000023 .225
Adrian Gonzalez, DH3011010 .238
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3010101 .241
Rod Barajas, C3100121 .254
Totals314648813 
Batting
HR - Alfonso Soriano (25, Cabrera)
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (1)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (83), Alfonso Soriano 2 (68), Adrian Gonzalez (5)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (26)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (12, 3rd base off Julio/Lopez)
CS - Gary Matthews Jr. (2, 2nd base by Cabrera/Lopez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Blalock-Soriano-Teixeira, Blalock-Soriano-Teixeira
E - Rod Barajas (6, Wild throw)
Texas Rangers
Joaquin Benoit (W,2-1) 5400420 2.00
Ron Mahay (H,6) 0.2222001 7.02
Kameron Loe (H,2) 1.1100100 4.55
Brian Shouse (H,7) 1000010 4.33
Francisco Cordero (S,23) 1100010 3.74
HBP - Matos (by Joaquin Benoit)
WP - Ron Mahay (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Joaquin Benoit 91-56, Ron Mahay 12-8, Kameron Loe 22-14, Brian Shouse 11-7, Francisco Cordero 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joaquin Benoit 4-9, Ron Mahay 1-1, Kameron Loe 3-0, Brian Shouse 2-0, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Joaquin Benoit 24, Ron Mahay 4, Kameron Loe 5, Brian Shouse 3, Francisco Cordero 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3010200 .337
Melvin Mora, 3B5030014 .298
Miguel Tejada, SS5000006 .319
Rafael Palmeiro, 1B3010100 .281
Sammy Sosa, RF3000103 .234
Javy Lopez, C4000011 .271
Jay Gibbons, DH4111010 .256
Luis Matos, CF3120000 .269
Larry Bigbie, LF2001101 .255
   a- Eli Marrero, PH-LF1000010 .175
Totals332825415 
a-struck out for Bigbie in the 8th
Batting
HR - Jay Gibbons (15, Mahay)
RBI - Jay Gibbons (45), Larry Bigbie (21)
SB - Luis Matos (11, 2nd base off Benoit/Barajas)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Brian Roberts (6, Missed catch)
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera (L,8-8) 5333751 4.67
Todd Williams 1.1100000 3.22
Tim Byrdak 0.2000010 2.70
Jorge Julio 1110010 3.69
B.J. Ryan 1100110 2.86
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 109-53, Todd Williams 19-11, Tim Byrdak 8-5, Jorge Julio 11-8, B.J. Ryan 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 2-7, Todd Williams 1-3
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 24, Todd Williams 5, Tim Byrdak 2, Jorge Julio 4, B.J. Ryan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 29314
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 96
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Tom Hallion