Baltimore at Texas

W: J. Hoey (2-4) L: W. Littleton (3-2)
S: J. Walker (6)
HR: BAL - N. Markakis (21)   TEX - I. Kinsler (20), H. Blalock (9)

Orioles 11, Rangers 9 wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- First-year Orioles manager Dave Trembley has marveled at the play of Nick Markakis this season.

The young outfielder gave Trembley another reason to be impressed Saturday night.

Markakis homered and had a career-high five RBI, including the go-ahead two-run double that sent Baltimore past the Texas Rangers 11-9.

"For a guy who's 23 years old, he doesn't swing at many bad pitches," Trembley said. "He plays every day and gets big hits. To me, that's a baseball player."

After hitting .291 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI as a rookie in 2006, Markakis has played in all of Baltimore's games this season and increased his RBI total to 108.

"I'm out here learning every day," Markakis said. "But if you ask veterans who have been around a long time, they'd tell you they're learning every day."

Baltimore, which had lost 24 of 31, trailed 8-5 but scored twice in the seventh, with Markakis' RBI single drawing the Orioles within a run.

Brian Roberts, who had three hits, tied the game off reliever Wes Littleton (3-2) with a run-scoring single in the eighth. Littleton intentionally walked Melvin Mora to load the bases and John Rheinecker relieved to face Markakis, who lined a double down the left-field line.

Aubrey Huff capped the inning with an RBI ground out.

Jim Hoey (2-4) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win in relief. Jamie Walker worked a perfect ninth to earn his sixth save in 11 chances and end a game in which 11 pitchers were used and 387 pitches were thrown -- including 192 by the Orioles.

"It was like a B game on the back fields in spring training," Trembley said.

Hank Blalock hit his ninth homer in the eighth for the Rangers, who have lost 10 of 12.

Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer in the second, his 20th, to put Texas ahead 5-2. He also stole his 22nd base in the first and is the sixth player in Rangers history to have 20 homers and 20 steals in a season.

Texas starter Edinson Volquez gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, but a shaky bullpen couldn't get Volquez the win.

"Those were young kids we had out there," Washington said. "We were hoping they could get us through, but it didn't happen."

Baltimore starter Radhames Liz allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings in his fourth career start. Liz gave up six hits, walked four and threw three wild pitches.

Kinsler was hit by a pitch in the first inning, but plate umpire Ed Rapuano ruled Kinsler stuck his elbow out intentionally and he wasn't awarded first base. After Washington argued, Kinsler walked on the next pitch.

Four pitches before homering, Kinsler hit the ground hard to avoid getting hit in the head with a fastball from Liz.

Markakis' 21st homer gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the first.

The Rangers responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Michael Young had an RBI single, and Marlon Byrd followed with a run-scoring ground out.

After Kinsler's homer in the second, Nelson Cruz had an RBI single in the third to put the Rangers ahead 6-2.

Freddie Bynum hit a two-run triple in the fourth and scored on Roberts' sacrifice fly to close the gap to 6-5.

Texas scored twice in the fourth on Blalock's RBI ground out and David Murphy's single.


  • Baltimore RHP Jeremy Guthrie (strained left oblique) threw a bullpen session Saturday. If he feels all right Sunday, Guthrie will start Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Cruz was 2-of-5 and is 7-of-12 in the series.
  • Mora reached base five times, with two hits and three walks.
  • Alfonso Soriano was the last Texas player to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases in a season, doing so in 2005.
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Players of the Game

N. Markakis
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

I. Kinsler
AB 3
R 3
H 1
HR 1

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5232011 .293
Melvin Mora, 3B3320300 .275
Nick Markakis, RF5135112 .292
Miguel Tejada, SS4000214 .296
Aubrey Huff, DH4002012 .282
Kevin Millar, 1B3100211 .253
Ramon Hernandez, C4120000 .251
    Brandon Fahey, PR0100000 .173
   a- J.R. House, PH1000003 .179
    Paul Bako, C0000000 .201
Jay Payton, LF5010003 .252
Freddie Bynum, CF4222121 .271
a-hit into fielder's choice for Fahey in the 8th
2B - Melvin Mora (22, Volquez), Nick Markakis (43, Rheinecker)
3B - Freddie Bynum (2, Volquez)
HR - Nick Markakis (21, Volquez)
SF - Brian Roberts (4), Aubrey Huff (4)
RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (56), Nick Markakis 5 (108), Aubrey Huff 2 (71), Freddie Bynum 2 (11)
SB - Brian Roberts 2 (48, 2nd base off White/Saltalamacchia, 2nd base off Littleton/Saltalamacchia), Freddie Bynum 2 (8, 2nd base off Murray/Saltalamacchia, 3rd base off Murray/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 11
Baltimore Orioles
Radhames Liz 2.2666441 9.72
Rocky Cherry 1222100 4.85
Kurt Birkins 2.1100210 8.49
Jim Hoey (W,2-4) 1100010 8.02
Chad Bradford (H,18) 1111011 3.47
Jamie Walker (S,6) 1000000 3.24
WP - Radhames Liz 3 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Radhames Liz 86-49, Rocky Cherry 19-10, Kurt Birkins 48-27, Jim Hoey 15-10, Chad Bradford 14-10, Jamie Walker 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Radhames Liz 1-3, Rocky Cherry 2-1, Kurt Birkins 5-1, Jim Hoey 1-1, Chad Bradford 1-1, Jamie Walker 1-2
Batters Faced - Radhames Liz 18, Rocky Cherry 6, Kurt Birkins 10, Jim Hoey 4, Chad Bradford 4, Jamie Walker 3
Texas Rangers
Frank Catalanotto, 1B5120015 .269
    Brad Wilkerson, PR-1B0000000 .233
Ian Kinsler, 2B3313201 .262
Michael Young, SS5011001 .312
Marlon Byrd, CF4121110 .311
Hank Blalock, DH4212122 .295
Nelson Cruz, RF5021012 .233
David Murphy, LF5011013 .356
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3100201 .266
Travis Metcalf, 3B4110113 .238
HR - Ian Kinsler (20, Liz), Hank Blalock (9, Bradford)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (61), Michael Young (86), Marlon Byrd (65), Hank Blalock 2 (29), Nelson Cruz (29), David Murphy (12)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (21), Hank Blalock (8), David Murphy (6)
SB - Ian Kinsler (22, 3rd base off Liz/Hernandez), Michael Young (13, 2nd base off Liz/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 9
Texas Rangers
Edinson Volquez 5.2755251 4.40
Bill White (H,3) 0.1222110 7.50
Wes Littleton (BS,1; L,3-2) 1.1344100 4.47
John Rheinecker 0.2100200 5.51
A.J. Murray 1000310 5.29
IBB - Mora by Wes Littleton, Tejada by John Rheinecker
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 110-68, Bill White 14-7, Wes Littleton 21-9, John Rheinecker 18-5, A.J. Murray 32-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 5-7, Wes Littleton 1-3, John Rheinecker 2-0, A.J. Murray 1-1
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 26, Bill White 4, Wes Littleton 8, John Rheinecker 5, A.J. Murray 6
Game Information
Attendance - 40148
Game Time - 3:51
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Joe West