Rua's HR in 7th leads Rangers to 5-4 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) Ryan Rua has struggled over his young career as a pinch hitter for the Texas Rangers.

However, he made the most of the opportunity against the free-falling Baltimore Orioles.

Rua had a tiebreaking, pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Rangers held on to beat the Orioles 5-4 Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

''It was a situation where we just felt if we had runners on base we were going to go to Rua to give us an opportunity to drive some runs in,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''I'm not real sure if he's had a pinch hit. I know he's had some attempts and hadn't really come through. But to get a big one in that situation was huge for us.''

Cole Hamels (5-8) won for the first time in almost a month, allowing four runs and five hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 6 1/3 innings in a matchup of last-place teams.

''I was still giving up four runs, so that's tough,'' Hamels said.

Rua broke a 1-1 deadlock with the first pinch-hit of his career, off rookie left-hander Tanner Scott. Rua had gone 0 for 18 in his previous opportunities in that role.

''In my career I've had pretty good success against lefties,'' Rua said. ''Pinch-hitting, not so much, so it was good to get that out of the way.''

Nomar Mazara added an RBI double later that inning, which made it 5-1 and boosted Scott's ERA from 5.88 to 6.84 over 26 appearances.

Baltimore pulled within a run on Caleb Joseph's three-run double against reliever Jose Leclerc in the bottom half of the inning. The Orioles loaded the bases in the eighth but Jake Diekman got out of the jam by getting Chris Davis on a short pop out.

Keone Kela got the last three outs for his 23rd save.

''I don't know how many one-run games we've had where we've fought back, fought back and just haven't been able to get that big push,'' Joseph said. ''It'll take a toll on you mentally, for sure.''

The Orioles have lost 17 of 20 and fell to 14-33 at Camden Yards, the second-worst home mark in the majors behind Kansas City.

Joey Gallo gave the Rangers the lead when he led off the fifth with a home run off Alex Cobb (2-12). The Orioles answered in the bottom half when Adam Jones hit a double just inside the left-field foul line and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Valencia.

Cobb left his previous start against the Twins in the sixth inning with a blister on his right index finger. He did not appear hampered by the injury and allowed two runs and six hits with three strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings.

''They're a pretty aggressive team,'' Cobb said. ''I tried to get ahead early, make them chase pitches that you want them to chase, and hopefully, they put it on the ground and find somebody.''

STREAKS EXTENDED

Rangers DH Shin-Soo Choo, who was celebrating his 36th birthday, hit a single in the third to extend his club record on-base streak to 49 games. It's also the longest streak in the majors in the last 10 years. ... Hamels has struck out at least one batter in 320 straight games.

STATS AND FACTS

The Orioles used their 90th different lineup, the most in the MLB. ... Baltimore 1B Davis stole a base for the first time since last Sept. 24.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) will have another rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. He could be added to Baltimore's roster after the All-Star break, manager Buck Showalter said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-3. 9.67 ERA) will come off the 60-day DL from an elbow injury and make his first start since April 29. He went 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA and 19 strikeouts in three rehab outings (17.1 nnings).

Orioles: Rookie Yefry Ramirez (0-3, 3.93 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season. He allowed four runs and nine hits over four-plus innings in a loss to the Yankees on July 9.

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  • W: C. Hamels (5-8)L: A. Cobb (2-12)S: K. Kela (23)
  • HR: TEX - J. Gallo (22), R. Rua (5)
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S. Choo DH50100030.289.397.496.892-0.5
E. Andrus SS31000101.254.318.366.6852.0
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A. Beltre 3B40100003.288.348.398.7461.0
R. Odor 2B30000010.239.318.381.6980.5
R. Guzman 1B40000022.252.324.430.753-1.0
R. Chirinos C41100012.207.317.419.7361.5
J. Gallo LF32111100.188.297.450.7478.0
C. Tocci CF20100000.086.200.086.2861.0
a- R. Rua PH11131000.189.222.360.5838.0
D. DeShields CF10000010.212.306.281.587-0.5
  • a-homered for Tocci in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Beckham 3B50000031.204.254.287.541-1.5
J. Schoop 2B50200001.227.263.391.6552.0
M. Machado SS30000101.313.383.568.9511.0
A. Jones CF41100002.275.300.423.7233.0
M. Trumbo DH41200001.254.315.456.7713.0
D. Valencia RF31110013.250.309.423.7322.5
C. Davis 1B31100103.158.234.277.5115.0
T. Mancini LF30000023.218.295.366.6610.0
C. Joseph C40230012.208.237.331.5685.5
J. Peterson PR00000000.197.318.348.6672.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Mazara (16)
    • HR - J. Gallo (22), R. Rua (5)
    • RBI - N. Mazara (58), J. Gallo (51), R. Rua 3 (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (24)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Jones (25), C. Joseph (9)
    • SF - D. Valencia (5)
    • RBI - D. Valencia (27), C. Joseph 3 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Joseph 3 (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Davis, J. Peterson (9)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Guzman)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Cobb-Schoop-Davis; Schoop-Machado-Davis)
    • E - T. Beckham (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Hamels (W, 5-8)6.15441304.361.3416.5
    J. Leclerc (H, 11)0.21000202.181.000.0
    J. Chavez (H, 3)0.22001103.581.25-2.5
    J. Diekman (H, 12)0.10000003.311.440.0
    K. Kela (S, 23)1.01000103.271.099.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Hamels (W, 5-8)6.1
    J. Leclerc (H, 11)0.2
    J. Chavez (H, 3)0.2
    J. Diekman (H, 12)0.1
    K. Kela (S, 23)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cobb (L, 2-12)6.16220316.411.589.5
    T. Scott0.12332116.841.75-6.5
    J. Marinez0.10000003.862.140.0
    P. Fry1.00000201.230.954.0
    M. Givens1.00000204.401.404.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cobb (L, 2-12)6.1
    T. Scott0.1
    J. Marinez0.1
    P. Fry1.0
    M. Givens1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Hamels (11)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 81-53, J. Leclerc 17-11, J. Chavez 19-12, J. Diekman 4-3, K. Kela 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 7-8, K. Kela 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 25, J. Leclerc 3, J. Chavez 5, J. Diekman, K. Kela 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Cobb (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 95-61, T. Scott 21-9, J. Marinez 2-1, P. Fry 15-10, M. Givens 14-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 8-7, P. Fry 1-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 25, T. Scott 5, J. Marinez, P. Fry 3, M. Givens 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH50100030.289.397.496.892-0.5
    E. Andrus SS31000101.254.318.366.6852.0
    N. Mazara RF40210001.272.333.453.7864.0
    A. Beltre 3B40100003.288.348.398.7461.0
    R. Odor 2B30000010.239.318.381.6980.5
    R. Guzman 1B40000022.252.324.430.753-1.0
    R. Chirinos C41100012.207.317.419.7361.5
    J. Gallo LF32111100.188.297.450.7478.0
    C. Tocci CF20100000.086.200.086.2861.0
    a- R. Rua PH11131000.189.222.360.5838.0
    D. DeShields CF10000010.212.306.281.587-0.5
    Total345852289-----
    • a-homered for Tocci in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Beckham 3B50000031.204.254.287.541-1.5
    J. Schoop 2B50200001.227.263.391.6552.0
    M. Machado SS30000101.313.383.568.9511.0
    A. Jones CF41100002.275.300.423.7233.0
    M. Trumbo DH41200001.254.315.456.7713.0
    D. Valencia RF31110013.250.309.423.7322.5
    C. Davis 1B31100103.158.234.277.5115.0
    T. Mancini LF30000023.218.295.366.6610.0
    C. Joseph C40230012.208.237.331.5685.5
    J. Peterson PR00000000.197.318.348.6672.0
    Total3449402717-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Mazara (16)
      • HR - J. Gallo (22), R. Rua (5)
      • RBI - N. Mazara (58), J. Gallo (51), R. Rua 3 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (24)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Jones (25), C. Joseph (9)
      • SF - D. Valencia (5)
      • RBI - D. Valencia (27), C. Joseph 3 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Joseph 3 (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Davis, J. Peterson (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Guzman)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Cobb-Schoop-Davis; Schoop-Machado-Davis)
      • E - T. Beckham (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (W, 5-8)6.15441304.361.3416.5
      J. Leclerc (H, 11)0.21000202.181.000.0
      J. Chavez (H, 3)0.22001103.581.25-2.5
      J. Diekman (H, 12)0.10000003.311.440.0
      K. Kela (S, 23)1.01000103.271.099.5
      Total9.0944270---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (W, 5-8)6.1
      J. Leclerc (H, 11)0.2
      J. Chavez (H, 3)0.2
      J. Diekman (H, 12)0.1
      K. Kela (S, 23)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (L, 2-12)6.16220316.411.589.5
      T. Scott0.12332116.841.75-6.5
      J. Marinez0.10000003.862.140.0
      P. Fry1.00000201.230.954.0
      M. Givens1.00000204.401.404.0
      Total9.0855282---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (L, 2-12)6.1
      T. Scott0.1
      J. Marinez0.1
      P. Fry1.0
      M. Givens1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Hamels (11)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 81-53, J. Leclerc 17-11, J. Chavez 19-12, J. Diekman 4-3, K. Kela 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 7-8, K. Kela 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 25, J. Leclerc 3, J. Chavez 5, J. Diekman, K. Kela 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Cobb (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 95-61, T. Scott 21-9, J. Marinez 2-1, P. Fry 15-10, M. Givens 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 8-7, P. Fry 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 25, T. Scott 5, J. Marinez, P. Fry 3, M. Givens 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Joseph doubled to deep right center, Trumbo, Valencia and Davis scored54
        Mazara doubled to left center, Andrus scored51
        Rua homered to left, Chirinos and Gallo scored41
      • 5TH INNING
        Valencia hit sacrifice fly to center, Jones scored11
        Gallo homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Mychal Givens relieved Paul Fry
        • J. Gallo: Gallo lined out to second
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Keone Kela relieved Jake Diekman
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mancini grounded out to first
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Joseph reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • Jace Peterson ran for Caleb Joseph
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging, Peterson stole second
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schoop flied out to center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Paul Fry relieved Jhan Marinez
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Odor grounded out to second
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jesse Chavez relieved Jose Leclerc
        • J. Schoop: Schoop singled to center
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Machado walked, Schoop to second
        • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Jones flied out to center
        • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Trumbo singled to right, Schoop to third, Machado to second
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
        • Jake Diekman relieved Jesse Chavez
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Davis popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Guzman grounded out to second
        • R. Chirinos: Chirinos singled to right center
        • Tanner Scott relieved Alex Cobb
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked, Chirinos to second
        • Ryan Rua hit for Carlos Tocci
        • R. Rua: Ball, Rua homered to left, Chirinos and Gallo scored
        • S. Choo: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andrus walked
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Mazara doubled to left center, Andrus scored
        • Jhan Marinez relieved Tanner Scott
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Delino DeShields in center field
        • A. Jones: Jones fouled out to third
        • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Trumbo singled to left
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Valencia singled to center, Trumbo to second
        • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked, Trumbo to third, Valencia to second
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Cole Hamels
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Joseph doubled to deep right center, Trumbo, Valencia and Davis scored
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Beckham struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mazara singled to right
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Beltre grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Mazara out at second
        • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Odor grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Beckham grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Schoop grounded out to second
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike swinging, Machado grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo homered to left
        • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Tocci fouled out to catcher
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Choo lined out to left
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Jones doubled to left
        • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to first, Jones to third
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Valencia hit sacrifice fly to center, Jones scored
        • C. Davis: Davis singled to center
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike looking, Davis stole second, Ball, Mancini hit by pitch
        • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mazara popped out to shortstop
        • A. Beltre: Foul, Foul, Ball, Beltre reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Odor hit by pitch, Beltre to second
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Schoop singled to right
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Machado grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Schoop out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Gallo flied out to center
        • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Tocci singled to center
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo singled to left center, Tocci to third
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Choo out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • C. Joseph: Foul, Ball, Joseph lined out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Guzman grounded out to third
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chirinos lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones lined out to third
        • M. Trumbo: Foul, Strike swinging, Trumbo grounded out to third
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Foul, Valencia flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Andrus safe at first on 3rd baseman Beckham fielding error
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mazara flied out to center
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre lined out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Beckham popped out to second
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schoop lined out to right
        • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Machado lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)