Baltimore at Texas

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Baltimore (6-1) «0220020208120
Texas (3-4)000000100191

Orioles rout Rangers, extend winning streak to six games

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aubrey Huff and the Baltimore Orioles are certainly enjoying the new season. And surprising a lot of people.

"We've already had more fun than at anytime last year," Huff said after Baltimore's sixth consecutive victory, 8-1 on Tuesday to ruin the Texas Rangers' home opener.

Huff matched a career high with four hits and drove in four runs after Scott Moore and Luke Scott hit early home runs in the first road game for the Orioles (6-1), who have the American League's best record. The winning streak already equals their longest of last season.

"We had six (last year)? It didn't feel like it," said Huff, referring to the 93-loss season when they finished fourth in the AL East for the ninth time in 10 years. "We're relaxed. Everybody's written us off."

Moore led off the second with a home run, and Scott followed an inning later with a two-run shot that made it 4-0 against Jason Jennings (0-2). For the first time this season, the Orioles never trailed in the game.

"It's a long season but you've got to like how we've started," manager Dave Trembley said.

Brian Burres (1-0) allowed only one run pitching into the seventh, when he gave up a leadoff single that turned into the only Texas run. Burres struck out three and allowed seven hits, six of them singles.

That was a stark contrast from last August in his only other appearance against the Rangers, when the left-hander allowed eight runs and eight hits, including a grand slam, and got only two outs in a 30-3 loss.

"The guy couldn't get an out on us," Rangers catcher Gerald Laird said. "Today, he pitches a gem."

The most lopsided loss in Orioles history, when Texas became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs, came on the same day the team announced Trembley would be back this season.

Burres didn't even look at that tape when preparing for his first start of 2008.

"It makes me feel a little better about facing this team," Burres said afterward.

Jennings, who joined Hall of Famer and new team president Nolan Ryan as the only Texas natives to start a Rangers home opener, struggled to find the strike zone. The homers came after Jennings threw 16 of his first 25 pitches for balls and walked the bases loaded in the first before an inning-ending grounder on which he covered first base -- then, in frustration, hurled the ball deep into the stands.

Huff thought he had his third homer of the season after rounding the bases in the sixth. It was initially ruled a homer after Huff's ball into the right-field corner hit the top of the wall. But after manager Ron Washington questioned the call, the umpires conferred and called it a ground-rule double, allowing two runs to score for a 6-0 lead.

"When I looked at it on tape, the umpires got it right," acknowledged Huff, who added a two-run single in the eighth to make it 8-1.

Scott, teammates with Jennings in Houston last season, went 2-for-4 and has nine hits his past 14 at-bats.

Jennings, the former first-round pick and 2002 NL Rookie of the Year with Colorado, signed as a free agent after a miserable season (2-9, 6.45 ERA) with the Astros that ended with surgery in August to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. He pitched a team-high 17 innings during spring with a 2.12 ERA, but has allowed eight runs and four home runs in two regular-season starts.

Pitching for the first time at Rangers Ballpark, 29-year-old Dallas native Jennings struck out one and walked four in 4 2/3 innings and retired Baltimore in order only once.

"It's a day I'll always remember, a day I was looking forward to," Jennings said. "But it wasn't the result I was looking for. ... I was amped up at the beginning, and that didn't help."

Notes

  • Milton Bradley was 2-for-4 in his first home game for Texas, but was easily thrown out trying to score on a pitch in the dirt that only went a few feet behind the catcher. He was originally supposed to play right field, but was switched to designated hitter because of the threat of rain that never came. The Rangers are still being cautious with Bradley recovering from knee surgery.
  • Texas is 18-19 in home openers, and 6-9 at Rangers Ballpark.
  • This is Baltimore's best start since going 7-1 in 1998.
  • Rangers owner Tom Hicks left his field-level seats in the top of the third inning, only minutes before the start of Liverpool's game against Arsenal in the European Champions League. Hicks owns the Liverpool squad, and retreated to his bunker suite to watch that game, though it was still on the television he has at his field seat.
 
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Aubrey Huff collects one of his four hits during Baltimore's 8-1 victory.  (Getty Images)
Aubrey Huff collects one of his four hits during Baltimore's 8-1 victory. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Huff
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 4
Baltimore

B. Burres
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 3
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5011021 .333
    Brandon Fahey, 2B0000000 .000
Nick Markakis, RF4210100 .296
Kevin Millar, 1B4110001 .308
Aubrey Huff, DH4144100 .333
Luke Scott, LF4122102 .500
Ramon Hernandez, C5000015 .130
Scott Moore, 3B4111110 .167
Adam Jones, CF5110003 .217
Luis Hernandez, SS2110100 .364
Totals37812854  
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (3, Wright), Luke Scott (3, J. Jennings), Adam Jones (3, J. Jennings)
HR - Luke Scott (1, J. Jennings), Scott Moore (1, J. Jennings)
SH - Luis Hernandez (2)
RBI - Brian Roberts (4), Aubrey Huff 4 (11), Luke Scott 2 (4), Scott Moore (1)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff 2 (2)
PK - Luis Hernandez (1, Wright)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Hernandez-Millar, Hernandez-B. Roberts-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Burres (W,1-0) 6711230 1.29
Matt Albers 2200040 0.00
Greg Aquino 1000020 13.50
HBP - Broussard (by Brian Burres)
WP - Matt Albers (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Burres 81-48, Matt Albers 44-26, Greg Aquino 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Burres 6-6, Matt Albers 1-2, Greg Aquino 1-0
Batters Faced - Brian Burres 25, Matt Albers 9, Greg Aquino 3
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5011012 .300
Michael Young, SS4000003 .207
Josh Hamilton, CF4010002 .286
Milton Bradley, DH4020000 .238
Hank Blalock, 3B3010112 .286
Marlon Byrd, RF2000113 .000
   a- Frank Catalanotto, PH-LF1000011 .083
David Murphy, LF-RF4110025 .385
Gerald Laird, C4010021 .300
Ben Broussard, 1B3020010 .250
Totals3419129  
a-struck out for Byrd in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gerald Laird (1, Burres)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (4)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Young-Kinsler-Broussard
E - Ian Kinsler (3, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Jason Jennings (L,0-2) 4.2744412 7.45
Jamey Wright 1.1320010 0.00
Josh Rupe 2222110 9.00
Franklyn German 1000010 0.00
HBP - Millar (by Josh Rupe)
WP - Jason Jennings (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 84-46, Jamey Wright 26-19, Josh Rupe 29-15, Franklyn German 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 9-4, Jamey Wright 3-0, Josh Rupe 1-3, Franklyn German 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 25, Jamey Wright 7, Josh Rupe 9, Franklyn German 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48808
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Gerry Davis