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Sosa hits historic 587th HR, but Rangers get one that counts

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- First, the Texas Rangers bounced back from a milestone homer by Sammy Sosa.

Then, nearly four hours later, they reacted passionately to a spikes-high slide by the Baltimore Orioles' slugger.

Gary Matthews hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning to complete his first career two-homer game and lead Texas to an 11-8 victory Wednesday night.

Sosa hit his 587th home run to take over sole possession of fifth place on the career list and give Baltimore a 4-0 first-inning lead. The Orioles increased the margin to 5-0 in the second, but the Rangers used home runs by Rod Barajas, Matthews and Mark Teixeira to pull even in the fourth.

Teixeira's homer was the switch-hitter's 28th of the season, but first from the right side of the plate.

It was 6-all in the 10th when Sosa was thrown out at the plate by Matthews while trying to score on a two-out single to center by Luis Matos. Sosa slid into Barajas with his right leg up in the air, causing both benches to empty before order was quickly restored.

"Rod has a pretty ugly bruise on his right arm," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "That was a great throw by Gary and a bad slide. That play at the plate got us juiced back up. It was a gutsy play by Rod, and I think we responded to the play real well."

In the 11th, Matthews connected off Jorge Julio (3-3) after Richard Hidalgo reached on a walk and Mark DeRosa singled.

"The play at the plate definitely fired us up," Teixeira said. "I'm not sure it was the difference in the game, because anytime you're in extra innings anything can happen. But it got us fired up."

Sosa refused to talk after the game, saying only, "I'm not in the mood today."

Sosa's 13th homer, his third in four games, broke a tie on the career chart with Frank Robinson that had lasted about 24 hours. The opposite-field solo shot to right came on a 2-1 pitch from rookie Chris Young.

Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez also homered for the Orioles, whose seventh loss in eight games dropped them a season-high 4½ games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

Baltimore stranded 16 and was 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

"We had chances to win the game numerous times," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said.

Francisco Cordero (2-1), who blew a two-run lead in the ninth, pitched two innings and James Baldwin worked the 11th for his first save since 2003.

With the score at 6, Alfonso Soriano led off the Texas ninth with a single off B.J. Ryan. Soriano stole second and Hidalgo was intentionally walked before DeRosa, who started the game batting .170, hit a two-run double.

But Cordero couldn't hold the lead. Sosa reached on an error and Lopez followed with his ninth homer and second in two games, to tie it. Baltimore then loaded the bases with one out before Cordero struck out Melvin Mora and retired Tejada on a fly ball.

"You come back in the ninth and then get the bases loaded with your top guys up, you'll take that every day of the week," Mazzilli said.

The Rangers took their first lead in the fifth, going up 6-5 when Kevin Mench hit a one-out double off Todd Williams and scored on a single by DeRosa.

After loading the bases in the fifth and sixth innings with two outs but failing to score, the Orioles pulled even in the eighth when Mora hit a bases-loaded single off Kameron Loe, who then struck out Tejada and retired Rafael Palmeiro on a grounder.

Baltimore starter Bruce Chen was staked to 5-0 lead, but the left-hander lost it in the fourth. After Barajas hit a two-run drive, Matthews homered two pitches later, the sixth time this season Texas connected on successive at-bats. Michael Young followed with a single, and Teixeira capped the rally with a shot to right.

Notes

  • The start of the game was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 37 minutes.
  • Sosa's homer came on a night in which the Orioles gave out Sosa bobblehead dolls.
  • Texas increased its major league-leading home run total to 168.
 
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Former Orioles outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. watches the flight of his decisive 11th-inning HR.  (AP)
Former Orioles outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. watches the flight of his decisive 11th-inning HR. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

G. Matthews
AB 7
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Baltimore

J. Lopez
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF7234023 .255
Michael Young, DH6130100 .325
Mark Teixeira, 1B5142210 .282
Hank Blalock, 3B7010029 .284
Alfonso Soriano, 2B6120024 .282
Kevin Mench, LF6120003 .271
Richard Hidalgo, RF4310221 .225
Mark DeRosa, SS6133002 .203
Rod Barajas, C5112002 .253
   a- David Dellucci, PH1000012 .263
    Sandy Alomar Jr., C0000000 .287
Totals5311201151026 
a-struck out for Barajas in the 11th
Batting
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (13, Chen), Mark Teixeira (22, Chen), Alfonso Soriano (27, T. Williams), Kevin Mench (25, T. Williams), Richard Hidalgo (11, Chen), Mark DeRosa (1, Ryan)
HR - Gary Matthews Jr. 2 (10, Chen, Julio), Mark Teixeira (28, Chen), Rod Barajas (9, Chen)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. 4 (31), Mark Teixeira 2 (85), Mark DeRosa 3 (10), Rod Barajas 2 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. 4 (14), Mark Teixeira 2 (46), Rod Barajas 2 (14)
SB - Alfonso Soriano 2 (14, 2nd base off Ryan/Lopez, 3rd base off Ryan/Lopez)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gary Matthews Jr. 1
DP - DeRosa-Soriano-Teixeira
E - Mark DeRosa (3, Misplayed grounder), Gary Matthews Jr. (4, Dropped fly), Alfonso Soriano (15, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Chris Young 4555252 4.54
Doug Brocail 1.2100410 4.59
Kevin Gryboski (H,3) 1.1000100 3.33
Brian Shouse (H,8) 0.1111200 4.54
Kameron Loe (BS,3) 0.2100010 4.45
Francisco Cordero (BS,6; W,2-1) 2521121 3.77
James Baldwin (S,1) 1000110 1.69
IBB - B. Roberts by Francisco Cordero
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 90-50, Doug Brocail 46-22, Kevin Gryboski 17-9, Brian Shouse 18-10, Kameron Loe 11-7, Francisco Cordero 36-25, James Baldwin 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-3, Doug Brocail 2-3, Kevin Gryboski 1-2, Kameron Loe 1-0, Francisco Cordero 2-3
Batters Faced - Chris Young 18, Doug Brocail 11, Kevin Gryboski 4, Brian Shouse 4, Kameron Loe 3, Francisco Cordero 13, James Baldwin 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3111401 .333
Melvin Mora, 3B5131223 .300
Miguel Tejada, SS61131211 .316
Rafael Palmeiro, 1B5000115 .280
Sammy Sosa, DH5211101 .233
Javy Lopez, C6122003 .284
B.J. Surhoff, RF6010022 .261
Luis Matos, CF6240023 .281
Larry Bigbie, LF3000212 .249
Totals458138111031 
Batting
HR - Miguel Tejada (22, C. Young), Sammy Sosa (13, C. Young), Javy Lopez (9, Cordero)
SH - Larry Bigbie (5)
RBI - Brian Roberts (52), Melvin Mora (50), Miguel Tejada 3 (69), Sammy Sosa (37), Javy Lopez 2 (25)
SB - Brian Roberts (20, 2nd base off C. Young/Barajas), Luis Matos (12, 2nd base off C. Young/Barajas)
CS - Larry Bigbie (3, 2nd base by C. Young/Barajas)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Tejada-B. Roberts
E - Melvin Mora (7, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Bruce Chen 4955223 4.34
Todd Williams 2411020 3.28
Chris Ray 2000130 0.51
B.J. Ryan 1222110 3.13
Jorge Julio (L,3-3) 1.2533121 4.13
Steve Kline 0.1000000 5.66
IBB - Hidalgo by B.J. Ryan
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 76-46, Todd Williams 32-24, Chris Ray 25-16, B.J. Ryan 21-15, Jorge Julio 39-20, Steve Kline 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 1-8, Todd Williams 3-2, Chris Ray 1-2, Jorge Julio 1-2, Steve Kline 1-0
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 22, Todd Williams 11, Chris Ray 7, B.J. Ryan 6, Jorge Julio 11, Steve Kline 1
Game Information
Attendance - 31540
Game Time - 4:13
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Mark Wegner