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Texas (53-37) «0100402018143
Baltimore (49-42)011020000460

Beltre goes yard twice, Rangers double up Orioles

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- The way Adrian Beltre has been hitting the baseball lately, it seems hard to imagine he recently endured 22 straight games without a home run.

Beltre went 4 for 4 with two homers and a season-high five RBI to help the surging Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Tuesday night.

Beltre hit a solo shot in the second inning and a three-run drive in the fifth, both off Zach Britton (2-3). Beltre has six home runs in his last six games and is batting .488 (21 for 43) during an 11-game hitting streak that began on June 28.

He also singled in the fourth, received an intentional walk in the seventh and delivered an RBI single in the ninth. The two homers gave him 20 for the season and put him in a tie with teammate Lance Berkman for 74th on the career list with 366, according to the Rangers.

Before his current power surge, Beltre went from June 10 to July 3 without launching a ball out of the park. It was his longest home-run drought since he joined the Rangers in 2011.

"He's been hot and cold and he's picked it up again. He picked it up at the right time," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "When Adrian is getting it done it usually relaxes everybody else. That is what the big guy does in the middle of the lineup."

With Beltre leading the way, Texas has won 14 of 19 to move a season-high 16 games over .500 (53-37) -- tied for the second-best record in franchise history after 90 games. The Rangers have scored at least five runs in six straight games and have won four in a row on the road.

"We were having trouble driving in runs and all of a sudden Adrian started driving them in and everybody started relaxing," Washington said. "Now we're putting runs on the board. I hope it can continue."

Beltre said, "We all contribute some way or another. I think we are good as a group. There's not one guy who can say he's the main guy. I think everybody's contributing right now. There's a couple games that I'm contributing a lot better than I did before."

Manny Machado homered for the Orioles, who have lost six of eight. Baltimore is 3-12 in its last 15 regular-season games against Texas.

After going 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position in a loss to Texas on Monday, the Orioles were 2 for 7 in that situation on Tuesday. Their biggest problem on this night was containing Beltre.

"You know he's a good hitter, and then when you make bad pitches on top of that he's not going to miss them," manager Buck Showalter said.

Britton gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings. After the game, he was optioned along with reliever Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk. The corresponding moves will be announced Wednesday, with one of them being the activation of left-hander Wei-Yin Chen from the disabled list.

Martin Perez (3-1) allowed four runs, two earned, and six hits in six-plus innings for the Rangers. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on June 22.

"I can't finish the seventh inning but I'm happy what I'm doing tonight," Perez said.

Perez, who came in with a run of 17 straight scoreless innings, added to the total with a perfect first. But the streak ended in the second when the Orioles used singles by Matt Wieters, Nate McLouth and Brian Roberts to pull even at 1.

Machado hit a solo drive in the third, his seventh of the season and only the second since May 5.

Texas went up 5-2 in the fifth. After Nelson Cruz singled in a run, Beltre hit a shot into the left-field seats for his 25th career multihomer game.

"I was looking for a pitch up in the zone that I could drive, and that's what I got," he said.

The Orioles closed to 5-4 in their half of the fifth. Two botched grounders preceded a two-out, two-run single by J.J. Hardy.

The Rangers added two runs in seventh. Leonys Martin walked and scored on a double by Jurickson Profar, and A.J. Pierzynski hit an RBI single following an intentional walk to Beltre.

Notes

  • Chen is slated to start Wednesday night. Texas will counter with right-hander Josh Lindblom, who will be making his first start since June 20.
  • Texas RHP Colby Lewis threw live batting practice Tuesday in his bid to return from offseason surgery on his right arm. "Overall, I felt great," Lewis said, although he acknowledged he needs to improve his arm strength.
  • Beltre has six HRs in his last 11 games at Camden Yards.
 
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Adrian Beltre is perfect at the plate, finishing 4 for 4 with a pair of home runs and a season-high 5 RBI. (USATSI)
Adrian Beltre is perfect at the plate, finishing 4 for 4 with a pair of home runs and a season-high 5 RBI. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Machado
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Texas

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 5
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5120001 .291
Jurickson Profar, SS4211112 .246
Nelson Cruz, RF5221001 .277
Adrian Beltre, 3B4245100 .319
A.J. Pierzynski, C5021002 .278
Elvis Andrus, DH4020003 .250
David Murphy, LF4000013 .222
Robinson Chirinos, 1B1000100 .154
    Mitch Moreland, PH-1B2000000 .261
Leonys Martin, CF2110200 .292
Totals36814852  
a-grounded out for Chirinos in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jurickson Profar (5, Gausman), Nelson Cruz (17, O'Day)
HR - Adrian Beltre 2 (20, Britton)
RBI - Jurickson Profar (10), Nelson Cruz (68), Adrian Beltre 5 (52), A.J. Pierzynski (31)
2-OUT RBI - Nelson Cruz (34), Adrian Beltre 4 (25), A.J. Pierzynski (8)
CS - Leonys Martin (3, 2nd base by Britton/Wieters)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Profar-Kinsler-Chirinos, Profar-Kinsler-Chirinos-Pierzynski
E - Adrian Beltre (9, Misplayed grounder), Robinson Chirinos (1, Misplayed grounder), Jurickson Profar (6, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Martin Perez (W,3-1) 6642141 2.08
Jason Frasor (H,6) 1000010 2.49
Tanner Scheppers (H,18) 1000000 1.84
Cory Burns 1000000 3.18
HBP - Davis (by Martin Perez)
Pitches-Strikes - Martin Perez 99-64, Jason Frasor 8-5, Tanner Scheppers 14-8, Cory Burns 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Martin Perez 12-4, Tanner Scheppers 1-2
Batters Faced - Martin Perez 28, Jason Frasor 2, Tanner Scheppers 3, Cory Burns 3
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF3100100 .289
Manny Machado, 3B4111012 .315
Adam Jones, CF4000012 .288
Chris Davis, 1B3000010 .313
J.J. Hardy, SS4012000 .254
Matt Wieters, C4110003 .231
Nate McLouth, LF4020000 .284
Brian Roberts, 2B4011001 .225
Nolan Reimold, DH3100022 .191
    Chris Dickerson, PH-DH1000000 .253
Totals3446415  
a-flied out for Reimold in the 9th
Batting
HR - Manny Machado (7, Perez)
RBI - Manny Machado (44), J.J. Hardy 2 (48), Brian Roberts (5)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (16), Brian Roberts (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1
DP - B. Roberts-Hardy-Davis, B. Roberts-Hardy-Davis-Hardy-B. Roberts-Davis, B. Roberts-Hardy-Davis-Hardy-B. Roberts-Davis-B. Roberts-Hardy-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Britton (L,2-3) 5855302 4.76
Kevin Gausman 1.2222200 6.21
Brian Matusz 1.1100010 3.53
Darren O'Day 1311010 2.27
IBB - Beltre by Kevin Gausman
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 91-55, Kevin Gausman 36-16, Brian Matusz 17-10, Darren O'Day 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 7-5, Kevin Gausman 4-0, Brian Matusz 2-1
Batters Faced - Zach Britton 23, Kevin Gausman 8, Brian Matusz 5, Darren O'Day 5
Game Information
Attendance - 29160
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Brian O'Nora