Texas at Baltimore

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Texas (8-9) «1310100006102
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Rangers 6, Orioles 5

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BALTIMORE -- The Texas Rangers were ready each time Mark Hendrickson walked to the mound.

Ian Kinsler homered twice and Texas led off the first three innings with home runs against Hendrickson in a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

"In baseball, stuff like that happens. One guy can kill you and I hope I can be that guy," said Kinsler, who is batting .398 (43-for-108) lifetime against Baltimore. "It gets them in a hole in a hurry."

Andruw Jones and Chris Davis also connected against Hendrickson (1-3), who lasted only 4 1-3 innings. The Rangers, who have won four of six, lead the majors with 35 homers and have hit two or more 13 times this season.

"We have guys who hit the ball out of the ballpark. ... And I'm glad we did. It set the tone," manager Ron Washington said.

It was the first time since Oct. 2, 2004 -- when the Houston Astros accomplished the feat against Colorado's Shawn Estes -- that a team has led off the first three innings with home runs.

"You leave it over the heart of the plate with this lineup, especially, and they're kind of free swingers," Hendrickson said. "It's a little bit all or nothing with their lineup."

Scott Feldman (1-0), starting in place of injured right-hander Kris Benson, allowed a run and four hits over five innings in his first start this season. Feldman said he was told by Washington that he'd earned another start Thursday.

"The runs early helped," Feldman said. "That's the kind of offense we have. They can put up so many runs."

Frank Francisco got the final two outs for his fourth save after Cesar Izturis' RBI double off C.J. Wilson made it 6-3 in the ninth. Francisco yielded a two-run single to Adam Jones, then fanned Nick Markakis and retired Aubrey Huff on a fly to left.

"We needed one more hit to get back in it and came up short," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said.

Ty Wigginton homered and drove in two runs for the Orioles.

Texas center fielder Josh Hamilton left the game after 4½ innings with inflammation near the left side of his rib cage. Hamilton hurt himself sliding into third base on a double steal and expects to play Sunday.

Kinsler hit Hendrickson's 2-2 pitch in the first inning into the Baltimore bullpen for his sixth homer of the season and sixth career leadoff home run. It was the start of a trend: Rangers leadoff men got hits in the first six innings.

Davis ripped Hendrickson's first pitch of the second into the left-field stands for a 2-0 lead. Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled and was erased on Elvis Andrus' fielder's choice before Kinsler connected again for a two-run shot.

Andruw Jones made it three straight innings with a leadoff homer in the third, depositing a changeup over the fence in center.

The Orioles cut it to 5-1 in the fourth, when Wigginton's two-out single scored Markakis, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double. Markakis has reached base safely in 26 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors.

Hendrickson departed in the fifth after Marlon Byrd's sacrifice fly made it 6-1. He allowed five earned runs and eight hits.

Notes

Kinsler recorded his third career multihomer game. ... In five career starts against Texas, Hendrickson has allowed 21 earned runs in 22 innings, an 8.59 ERA. ... Washington said he wasn't sure whether Benson, on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation since Wednesday, retroactive to April 16, would need a rehabilitation assignment before being activated. ... Andruw Jones drew a one-out walk in the first, ending a streak of 23 consecutive innings without a base on balls by Baltimore pitchers.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Baltimore

T. Wigginton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5223022 .384
Michael Young, 3B5000031 .286
Josh Hamilton, CF3120000 .246
    David Murphy, LF2000000 .000
Andruw Jones, DH3111100 .409
Marlon Byrd, LF-CF3011002 .333
Nelson Cruz, RF4000014 .277
Chris Davis, 1B3111110 .211
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4020022 .260
Elvis Andrus, SS4110002 .271
Totals36610629  
Batting
HR - Ian Kinsler 2 (7, Hendrickson, Hendrickson), Andruw Jones (2, Hendrickson), Chris Davis (4, Hendrickson)
SF - Marlon Byrd (1)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (20), Andruw Jones (5), Marlon Byrd (12), Chris Davis (7)
SB - Josh Hamilton (3, 3rd base off Hendrickson/Zaun), Andruw Jones (1, 2nd base off Hendrickson/Zaun)
PK - Elvis Andrus (1, Bass)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Elvis Andrus (6, Throwing), Michael Young (2, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman (W,1-0) 5411120 7.71
Derek Holland 3111221 1.69
C.J. Wilson 0.1232000 7.00
Frank Francisco (S,4) 0.2100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 79-48, Derek Holland 48-28, C.J. Wilson 8-5, Frank Francisco 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 7-6, Derek Holland 3-5, C.J. Wilson 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 20, Derek Holland 13, C.J. Wilson 4, Frank Francisco 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5010005 .342
Adam Jones, CF5012003 .323
Nick Markakis, RF4110121 .377
Aubrey Huff, 1B5000013 .282
Ty Wigginton, 3B4122001 .242
Luke Scott, DH3000101 .290
Gregg Zaun, C3100102 .109
Felix Pie, LF2000010 .156
   a- Lou Montanez, PH-LF2110011 .167
Cesar Izturis, SS4121000 .224
Totals3758535  
a-struck out for Pie in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (8, Feldman), Nick Markakis (9, Feldman), Cesar Izturis (2, Wilson)
HR - Ty Wigginton (1, Holland)
RBI - Adam Jones 2 (14), Ty Wigginton 2 (7), Cesar Izturis (8)
2-OUT RBI - Ty Wigginton 2 (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Cesar Izturis (2, Dropped fly)
Baltimore Orioles
Mark Hendrickson (L,1-3) 4.1865144 5.40
Brian Bass 3.2200140 7.20
Matt Albers 1000010 5.19
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 79-50, Brian Bass 47-35, Matt Albers 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 4-6, Brian Bass 5-1
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 23, Brian Bass 13, Matt Albers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41160
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Paul Nauert