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Young's single in the 10th propels Texas over Baltimore

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas closer Eric Gagne didn't have long to dwell on his first blown save since 2004. His teammates rallied for the win the next inning.

Michael Young's one-out RBI single in the 10th gave the Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night after Gagne gave up a run in the ninth to snap his streak of 11 straight converted save opportunities this season.

"It's pretty incredible what he's been able to do," Young said of Gagne, who signed with Texas as a free agent after two injury-filled seasons. "We've gotten spoiled this season. But we found a way to pick him up the way he's done for us all year."

Travis Metcalf singled against Paul Shuey (0-1) leading off the 10th. Jerry Hairston sacrificed Metcalf to second and Ramon Vazquez walked before Young's line drive off the glove of diving third baseman Chris Gomez bounced into left field. Metcalf crossed the plate with the winning run well ahead of left fielder Jay Gibbons' throw.

Joaquin Benoit (3-2) pitched a perfect 10th to get the win.

Rangers starter Kameron Loe allowed five hits in six-plus shutout innings but Gagne, failed to close, snapping his overall streak at 30 in a row. His last blown save was on Aug. 18, 2004, against Florida as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Brad Wilkerson hit his fifth homer in the last seven games for Texas, which has won five of seven.

Nick Markakis was 3-for-4 for the Orioles.

Brandon Fahey singled with one out against Gagne and he scored on Brian Roberts' double to right center to make it 3-3.

Loe, looking for his career-high fifth straight victory, struck out three and walked three. He began the season in the bullpen and was sent to the minors in early June after an ineffective stretch as a starter.

C.J. Wilson relieved Loe, who threw 103 pitches, after Gomez led off the seventh with a double.

The Orioles went on to load the bases on two walks, then Wilson threw a wild pitch that bounced off the wall behind home plate and directly to catcher Adam Melhuse.

Melhuse made a diving tag on Gomez, who was called out by home plate umpire Brian Knight on a close play that brought interim manager Dave Trembley out of the dugout to argue.

After the game, Knight told a pool reporter that he was wrong on the play.

"I've seen the replay and I see that I missed the call," Knight said. "On that kind of play, I was fighting to get the best position I could get and called what I saw at the moment. I just saw the tag beating him."

Markakis followed with a two-run double to pull the Orioles within 3-2.

Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up three runs and five hits in six innings, striking out three and walking three.

Guthrie, claimed on waivers from Cleveland in January, had gone at least seven innings in nine of his previous 10 starts.

Wilkerson's two-run homer in the sixth, his 14th, stretched Texas' lead to 3-0.

"I had thrown him a lot of sliders, even with two strikes," Guthrie said. "He'd seen it and he was guessing on it. The location wasn't terrible. The pitch wasn't super sharp, but he hit it a long way and did a good job keeping it fair."

The Rangers scored the game's first run on Vazquez's sacrifice fly in the third.

Notes

  • Texas hasn't allowed a homer in six straight games for the first time since 1998.
  • Guthrie was the third consecutive rookie starter for the Orioles. The last time Baltimore had rookies make three consecutive starts was Sept. 6-8, 2004, when Daniel Cabrera, Matt Riley and Erik Bedard took the mound in successive games in a series against Minnesota.
  • Baltimore SS Freddie Bynum left the game in the third with a strained hamstring after his foot struck first base awkwardly while running out a grounder. Fahey took over for Bynum.
  • The Orioles are 8-8 since Trembley took over from Sam Perlozzo on June 18.
 
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Texas' Michael Young celebrates with Jerry Hairston Jr. following Young's game-winning RBI single.  (AP)
Texas' Michael Young celebrates with Jerry Hairston Jr. following Young's game-winning RBI single. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

B. Wilkerson
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

N. Markakis
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3111200 .323
Corey Patterson, CF3000001 .237
   a- Jay Payton, PH-CF1100100 .278
Nick Markakis, RF4032100 .279
Kevin Millar, 1B4010126 .280
Aubrey Huff, DH5010002 .261
Ramon Hernandez, C5000012 .238
Jay Gibbons, LF5000002 .202
Chris Gomez, 3B4020010 .282
Freddie Bynum, SS1000000 .277
    Brandon Fahey, SS3110012 .200
Totals3839355  
a-walked for Patterson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (19, Gagne), Nick Markakis (24, Wilson), Aubrey Huff (20, Loe), Chris Gomez (5, Loe)
RBI - Brian Roberts (27), Nick Markakis 2 (50)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (19)
SB - Corey Patterson (17, 2nd base off Loe/Melhuse), Nick Markakis (9, 2nd base off Loe/Melhuse)
Team LOB - 10
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie 6533331 2.74
Chad Bradford 1.2000010 3.18
Jamie Walker 1.1000020 3.03
Paul Shuey (L,0-1) 0.1211100 5.79
WP - Jeremy Guthrie (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 98-61, Chad Bradford 20-14, Jamie Walker 22-13, Paul Shuey 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 9-6, Chad Bradford 2-2, Jamie Walker 1-1, Paul Shuey 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 26, Chad Bradford 5, Jamie Walker 4, Paul Shuey 4
Texas Rangers
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF3000010 .225
Ramon Vazquez, 2B3001100 .244
Michael Young, SS4011100 .291
Sammy Sosa, DH4000021 .244
Frank Catalanotto, LF3020000 .231
   a- Victor Diaz, PH-RF1000000 .248
Marlon Byrd, RF-LF3110111 .387
Brad Wilkerson, 1B3112102 .232
Adam Melhuse, C4000012 .273
Travis Metcalf, 3B4220012 .208
Totals3247446  
a-grounded out for Catalanotto in the 8th
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (7, Guthrie), Travis Metcalf (4, Guthrie)
HR - Brad Wilkerson (14, Guthrie)
SF - Ramon Vazquez (2)
SH - Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (5)
RBI - Ramon Vazquez (13), Michael Young (50), Brad Wilkerson 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Wilkerson 2 (7)
Team LOB - 7
Texas Rangers
Kameron Loe 6500330 5.36
C.J. Wilson (H,9) 0.2122200 3.03
Frank Francisco (H,8) 1.1000010 3.86
Eric Gagne (BS,1) 1311010 1.37
Joaquin Benoit (W,3-2) 1000000 3.20
IBB - Markakis by Kameron Loe
WP - Kameron Loe (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 103-63, C.J. Wilson 19-10, Frank Francisco 10-8, Eric Gagne 20-13, Joaquin Benoit 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 12-3, C.J. Wilson 1-0, Eric Gagne 2-0, Joaquin Benoit 2-1
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 26, C.J. Wilson 4, Frank Francisco 4, Eric Gagne 6, Joaquin Benoit 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24035
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom