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Rangers 13, Orioles 7

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- On a night when their pitchers yielded 15 hits, six walks and hit a batter, the Texas Rangers needed all the offense Nelson Cruz and his teammates could provide.

Cruz had a three-run homer and drove in four runs in his first career four-hit game, and the Rangers matched their longest winning streak of the season with their fourth in a row, a 13-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

Texas had eight players with two hits or more while the Rangers reached double-digit runs for the fourth time in their last 14 games.

Matt Treanor added a three-run homer in a five-run eighth and David Murphy had three of Texas' season-high 20 hits to help the Rangers equal their highest scoring output of the season.

"There's not a letup in that lineup right now," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

The Rangers greeted Brian Matusz (2-4) with a four-run first highlighted by Ian Kinsler's RBI single and Cruz's three-run shot.

Cruz, who had been hampered by a hamstring injury, had been 5 for 21 in six games since being activated from the 15-day disabled list on May 14.

"Every at-bat I take, I feel much better at the plate," Cruz said.

The Orioles answered with a three-run second on Corey Patterson's two-run double and Ty Wigginton's RBI single.

But Vladimir Guerrero's two-run homer in the second and Murphy's RBI single in the third gave Texas a 7-3 lead, chasing Matusz.

"It's not going to happen every night, but tonight was nice," Kinsler said. "We feel like every one of us in the lineup can carry the team or drive in runs on any given night. It's nice to have confidence in your teammates like that."

Rangers starter Scott Feldman (2-4) had the benefit of early run support to win for the first time since April 11 despite allowing a career-high 12 hits over six innings.

Feldman gave up four runs, struck out five and walked one as AL West leader Texas won for the 10th time in 14 games to move four games ahead of Oakland in the division.

Luke Scott's three hits led the Orioles, who have lost five of six and own the worst record in the majors (13-29).

Matusz, in his first full season as a starter, threw seven shutout innings against Cleveland in his previous start.

This time the 23-year-old lefthander lasted only 2 1/3 innings in the shortest outing of his 17 major league starts, allowing seven runs and eight hits.

"He's not Warren Spahn, he's not Sandy Koufax," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "He's a young guy that's learning. I guarantee you he'll take a great deal from this and the next time he faces these guys, you'll see a much better outing."

Notes

Texas LHP Matt Harrison, on the 15-day DL with left biceps tendinitis, threw 30 pitches in a simulated game without discomfort. He'll have a bullpen session on Saturday and if that goes well, he'll pitch for Double-A Frisco on Monday and Wednesday before the team decides how to proceed. LHP Derek Holland has taken Harrison's rotation spot, and Harrison will probably have to work out of the bullpen when he's activated. ... The Rangers scored 13 runs on May 6 when they beat Kansas City 13-12. ... Texas' Joaquin Arias got his first career start at 1B, with rookie Justin Smoak opening the game on the bench after playing 26 straight games since he was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 23. Smoak, a defensive replacement for Arias in the eighth, is in an 0-for-11 slump and began the night batting .174. Arias played four games at 1B for Double-A Frisco, having never even worn a 1B mitt until 10 days ago. When the Rangers waived Ryan Garko, they were left without a legit backup 1B. ... Scott got his second start of the season at 1B. Regular 1B Garrett Atkins is in an 0-for-14 slide, and Trembley said the Orioles need more production out of the position. ... Baltimore LHP Mike Gonzalez threw 18 pitches in an extended spring training game in Florida. Gonzalez has been on the 15-day DL since April 14 with a strained left shoulder.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

N. Cruz
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Baltimore

L. Scott
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Baltimore Orioles
Corey Patterson, LF5112121 .278
Ty Wigginton, 2B5021113 .305
Nick Markakis, RF4021201 .304
Miguel Tejada, 3B6111006 .268
Luke Scott, 1B4031112 .283
Matt Wieters, C4010025 .262
   a- Craig Tatum, PH1110000 .190
Adam Jones, CF5111024 .250
Lou Montanez, DH5120014 .150
Cesar Izturis, SS3210114 .229
Totals427157610  
a-singled for Wieters in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Patterson (3, Feldman), Miguel Tejada (8, Feldman), Luke Scott 2 (8, Feldman, Nippert), Adam Jones (5, Moscoso)
RBI - Corey Patterson 2 (4), Ty Wigginton (27), Nick Markakis (14), Miguel Tejada (20), Luke Scott (20), Adam Jones (10)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (11)
SB - Cesar Izturis 2 (4, 2nd base off Feldman/Treanor, 2nd base off Oliver/Treanor)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
E - Luke Scott (1, Missed catch of throw), Ty Wigginton (7, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Matusz (L,2-4) 2.1877122 5.26
Jason Berken 4.1711000 1.52
Cla Meredith 0.2111000 5.54
Alberto Castillo 0.2444011 12.79
WP - Jason Berken (1), Alberto Castillo (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 63-43, Jason Berken 74-49, Cla Meredith 11-6, Alberto Castillo 27-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 5-1, Jason Berken 7-6, Cla Meredith 1-1, Alberto Castillo 1-0
Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 17, Jason Berken 20, Cla Meredith 3, Alberto Castillo 6
Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus, SS5120101 .324
Michael Young, 3B5220012 .312
Ian Kinsler, 2B5221003 .319
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5122003 .342
    Julio Borbon, PR-DH0100000 .227
Josh Hamilton, CF5121010 .284
Nelson Cruz, RF5344000 .330
Joaquin Arias, 1B3000002 .304
    Justin Smoak, 1B1111000 .184
David Murphy, LF5031012 .238
Matt Treanor, C5123003 .214
Totals4413201313  
Batting
2B - Michael Young (8, Berken), Nelson Cruz (9, Matusz)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (9, Matusz), Nelson Cruz (8, Matusz), Matt Treanor (2, Castillo)
SH - Joaquin Arias (1)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (8), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (35), Josh Hamilton (25), Nelson Cruz 4 (30), Justin Smoak (11), David Murphy (15), Matt Treanor 3 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (18), Josh Hamilton (6), Nelson Cruz 3 (11), Matt Treanor 3 (6)
SB - Elvis Andrus (15, 2nd base off Meredith/Wieters)
Team LOB - 9
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman (W,2-4) 61244150 5.90
Dustin Nippert 1111110 5.32
Darren Oliver 1000220 1.66
Guillermo Moscoso 0.2222220 27.00
Neftali Feliz 0.1000000 3.38
HBP - Izturis (by Guillermo Moscoso)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 112-77, Dustin Nippert 20-10, Darren Oliver 26-14, Guillermo Moscoso 26-14, Neftali Feliz 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 6-7, Dustin Nippert 1-1, Darren Oliver 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 31, Dustin Nippert 5, Darren Oliver 5, Guillermo Moscoso 7, Neftali Feliz 1
Game Information
Attendance - 17304
Game Time - 3:34
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley