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Texas at Baltimore

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Baltimore (55-81) «11201000x580

Orioles 5, Rangers 4

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BALTIMORE -- Using something old, something new and uniforms from another era, the Baltimore Orioles ended their four-game losing streak and blunted the Texas Rangers' playoff push.

Melvin Mora homered and drove in three runs, and rookie pitcher Brian Matusz won his third straight decision Saturday in Baltimore's 5-4 victory.

The 37-year-old Mora hit a solo homer in the second inning, a two-out RBI single in the third and snapped a 4-all tie with a two-out single in the fifth. Along with his sparkling performance at the plate, the third baseman made an outstanding catch of a foul bunt by Ian Kinsler in the eighth inning.

Mora, the longest tenured player on the team, is in the final year of his contract with Baltimore and nearing the end of a down season. But on this day, he carried the Orioles offensively.

"I think my motivation is when you see the other team in the other clubhouse, they're contending for the playoffs," Mora said. "When you see guys play like it's the playoffs, that comes into my body. I'm going to play like it's the playoffs, too."

Matusz was appreciative of his teammate's performance.

"Mora came up very clutch today with some two-out hitting, and the home run obviously was huge," the pitcher said. "He just swung the bat really well."

Making his seventh big league start, Matusz (4-2) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings. The left-hander faced the minimum 12 batters over his final four innings; the lone batter to reach, Elvis Andrus on a walk, was thrown out trying to steal.

The 22-year-old Matusz struck out four and walked one. He's 3-0 over his last four starts.

"I feel great right now. I feel strong. I've conditioned myself really well and I feel healthy," he said.

Danys Baez worked the eighth and Jim Johnson got three outs for his eighth save.

The Orioles donned replica uniforms of the 1949 Baltimore Elite Giants, who won the Negro League championship 60 years ago. To keep with the spirit of the occasion, the players and coaches wore stirrups.

Matusz and Mora were more of a factor than the clothes they wore, but the Orioles nevertheless improved to 15-33 since the All-Star break.

David Murphy homered for the Rangers, denied their first five-game winning streak since July 19-24. Texas did not get a hit after the third inning and remained two games behind Boston (which lost to the White Sox) for the AL wild card.

"Things didn't change. We're still in the same spot," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We still have to come back [Sunday] and do what we wanted to do anyway -- win the series."

Kevin Millwood (10-9) gave up five runs, seven hits and four walks in five innings. He has won only two of his last 11 starts.

"I just pitched bad. I don't know what to say," the right-hander said. "I thought pitch selection was bad, location was bad."

Baltimore took a 5-4 lead in the fifth when Nick Markakis got an infield hit, went to second on a hit-and-run groundout and scored on Mora's two-out single up the middle.

It turned out to be the final run in a game that featured plenty of early offense.

A run-scoring double by Marlon Byrd and a two-run homer by Murphy gave Texas a 3-0 first-inning lead, but Matusz didn't panic.

"I knew after the first inning that I had good stuff. I could feel it in the bullpen and going out to the mound," he said.

Markakis hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half, and Mora's seventh homer got Baltimore within a run in the second.

Texas made it 4-2 in the third. Andrus was credited with a triple when his liner to right was lost in the sun by Markakis, and Byrd followed with a sacrifice fly. Matusz avoided further damage by retiring Ivan Rodriguez with runners on second and third and two outs.

Baltimore tied it in the bottom half. After Nolan Reimold hit a solo homer, Millwood loaded the bases with three walks and Mora singled off the glove of third baseman Esteban German.

Notes

Texas OF Josh Hamilton rejoined the team but missed a second straight game with a back injury. ... Batting third for the second straight game, Baltimore's Brian Roberts went 0 for 3 and is 7 for 46 (.152) since Aug. 23.
 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Mora
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000000 .251
Elvis Andrus, SS3220110 .274
Marlon Byrd, CF3112001 .276
Nelson Cruz, RF4010011 .270
David Murphy, LF4122010 .266
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000012 .251
Chris Davis, 1B3000000 .213
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH3000010 .233
Esteban German, 3B3000000 .133
Totals3146415  
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd (40, Matusz)
3B - Elvis Andrus (8, Matusz)
HR - David Murphy (13, Matusz)
SF - Marlon Byrd (10)
RBI - Marlon Byrd 2 (69), David Murphy 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - David Murphy 2 (15)
SB - Nelson Cruz (18, 3rd base off Matusz/Wieters), David Murphy (8, 2nd base off Matusz/Wieters)
CS - Elvis Andrus (4, 2nd base by Matusz/Wieters)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - German-Kinsler-Davis
E - Ivan Rodriguez (5, Missed catch of throw)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (L,10-9) 5755442 3.77
Jason Grilli 1000010 4.79
Eddie Guardado 1000020 4.19
Willie Eyre 1100000 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 109-69, Jason Grilli 10-7, Eddie Guardado 17-11, Willie Eyre 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 6-5, Eddie Guardado 1-0, Willie Eyre 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 26, Jason Grilli 3, Eddie Guardado 3, Willie Eyre 3
Baltimore Orioles
Felix Pie, CF3110100 .273
Nolan Reimold, LF4121021 .280
Brian Roberts, 2B3100123 .283
Nick Markakis, RF3111001 .303
Luke Scott, DH3000122 .256
Matt Wieters, C3010100 .264
Melvin Mora, 3B4133001 .265
Ty Wigginton, 1B4000015 .263
Cesar Izturis, SS3000000 .253
Totals3058547  
Batting
2B - Nolan Reimold (17, Millwood)
HR - Nolan Reimold (14, Millwood), Melvin Mora (7, Millwood)
SF - Nick Markakis (9)
RBI - Nolan Reimold (41), Nick Markakis (91), Melvin Mora 3 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (11)
Team LOB - 6
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Matusz (W,4-2) 7644141 5.26
Danys Baez (H,10) 1000010 3.98
Jim Johnson (S,8) 1000000 3.79
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 92-59, Danys Baez 7-5, Jim Johnson 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 4-12, Danys Baez 1-1, Jim Johnson 2-1
Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 27, Danys Baez 3, Jim Johnson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18028
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Paul Schrieber