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."
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."
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.
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."
- 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.