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Orioles 7, Rangers 0

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BALTIMORE -- The Texas Rangers were without All-Stars Michael Young and Josh Hamilton, yet that wasn't supposed to be a serious handicap against a last-place team heading for a 12th consecutive losing season.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, their bats fell silent at a most inopportune time.

Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Rangers 7-0 Sunday to earn their second series win since the All-Star break.

With Young (hamstring injury) sidelined for a fourth straight game and Hamilton (back) out for the third in a row, Texas managed only seven singles off Guthrie and two relievers. In Saturday's defeat, the Rangers failed to get a hit over the final six innings.

As a result, Texas now stands 5½ games behind the first-place Los Angeles Angels in the AL West and three games in back of Boston for the AL wild-card.

  Hamilton to receive back treatment

"It's frustrating to lose. I think the last time we scored was the third inning yesterday. Must be some good pitching going on," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

It was, he conceded, an opportunity lost.

"Of course we missed something because we feel like we can beat them," he said. "On any given day it's not always the best team that wins, it's the team that plays the best. The past two days, they played better than us."

Brian Roberts, Jeff Fiorentino and Chad Moeller each had two hits and two RBI for the Orioles, whose only other series win since mid-July was against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 21-23.

"They're missing a couple of their big offensive parts, but to their credit they're still battling," Guthrie said of the Rangers. "For us to win two out of three at this point is certainly a big boost."

Guthrie (10-13) continued his late-season revival with one of his best outings of the year. The right-hander struck out six, walked one and allowed only one runner past second base. He has won three of his last four starts, allowing only four runs over 27 innings to get his ERA below 5.00 (4.96) for the first time since May 30.

"The one consistent thing that I've had is that I've never stopped working, and I've never really lost the hope or the confidence that things would turn around at some point," Guthrie said.

With Guthrie leading the way, the Orioles won a second straight game for only the third time since the All-Star break. Baltimore hasn't won three in a row since the third week in June.

Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz had two hits apiece for the Rangers, whose run of scoreless innings is at 15.

"It's unusual," Kinsler said. "But we're in the middle of a pennant race and we don't have time to really think about that.

Derek Holland (7-10) struck out the first two batters he faced in a perfect first inning, but Moeller hit a two-out, two-run double in the second.

The Orioles chased Holland during a four-run fourth. After Fiorentino singled in a run, Roberts hit a two-run single and Nolan Reimold capped the outburst with a sacrifice fly.

Fiorentino added an RBI single in the seventh for a 7-0 lead.

"It's frustrating, but at the same time they're big league baseball players," Kinsler said. "You can't just throw your glove out there and expect to win. You still have to score runs and play good defense, and they did it better than us for two games."

Notes

Hamilton returned to Texas for more treatment on the pinched nerve in his back. ... Roberts returned to his customary leadoff spot after batting third in the previous two games. ... Baltimore improved to 2-8 in series finales, 1-5 at home, against the AL West. ... Washington flip-flopped his starting rotation for Monday and Tuesday in Cleveland, opting for Tommy Hunter followed by Brandon McCarthy. ... The season series ended tied 5. Texas had won it for four straight years.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

J. Fiorentino
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Baltimore

J. Guthrie
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
 
Texas Rangers
Julio Borbon, LF4000000 .318
Elvis Andrus, SS4010000 .274
Ian Kinsler, 2B3020000 .253
    Esteban German, 2B0000100 .133
Marlon Byrd, CF3010011 .276
    Craig Gentry, CF1000001 .000
Hank Blalock, DH3000113 .237
Nelson Cruz, RF4020010 .273
Chris Davis, 1B3000122 .211
Taylor Teagarden, C4010015 .202
Omar Vizquel, 3B4000014 .291
Totals3307037  
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nelson Cruz 1
Texas Rangers
Derek Holland (L,7-10) 3.1666360 5.93
Dustin Nippert 1.2200010 3.79
Pedro Strop 1000000 12.00
Guillermo Moscoso 1211110 4.82
Doug Mathis 1100000 2.92
HBP - Mora (by Derek Holland)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 91-52, Dustin Nippert 24-14, Pedro Strop 6-4, Guillermo Moscoso 30-17, Doug Mathis 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 2-2, Dustin Nippert 1-2, Pedro Strop 2-1, Doug Mathis 3-0
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 20, Dustin Nippert 6, Pedro Strop 3, Guillermo Moscoso 6, Doug Mathis 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5022010 .284
Felix Pie, CF4010111 .272
Nolan Reimold, DH3001011 .277
   a- Michael Aubrey, PH-DH1000001 .286
Nick Markakis, RF3100103 .301
Melvin Mora, 3B3210001 .266
Ty Wigginton, 1B4130011 .269
Jeff Fiorentino, LF3222111 .500
Chad Moeller, C4022025 .264
Robert Andino, SS3100111 .222
Totals33711748  
a-grounded out for Reimold in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ty Wigginton 2 (18, Holland, Nippert), Chad Moeller (7, Holland)
SF - Nolan Reimold (1)
RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (65), Nolan Reimold (42), Jeff Fiorentino 2 (2), Chad Moeller 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Fiorentino (1), Chad Moeller 2 (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Andino-B. Roberts-Wigginton
PB - Chad Moeller (2)
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie (W,10-13) 7600160 4.96
Matt Albers 1000100 5.34
Kam Mickolio 1100110 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 110-73, Matt Albers 18-9, Kam Mickolio 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 9-5, Matt Albers 3-0, Kam Mickolio 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 27, Matt Albers 4, Kam Mickolio 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21599
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Paul Nauert