The Baltimore Orioles are off to a good start to the second half of the season, winning their first game back from the All-Star break by a score of 3-1. The birds are in Texas for a three game series against the Rangers.
Catcher Matt Wieters started things off early with a homer to left field, just barely in fair territory. The Orioles were up 1-0 in the top of the second inning. And then in the top of the third, the Orioles scored again. Second baseman Brian Roberts had a lead off walk, bringing Nate McClouth to the plate. He ripped a ball to the wall in right field, giving Roberts enough time to make it home. The RBI was McClouth's 17th on the season and put the Orioles up 2-0. The Orioles scored their last run on an RBI single by Nick Markakis. Manny Machado reached first on a lead off single in the top of the fifth and then was hit in by Markakis.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, right fielder Markakis robbed Adrian Beltre of a home run, leaping to grab the ball from over the fence. The catch may have saved the game for the Orioles. If the homer had counted, the Rangers would've been down just one run with one out and a lot of momentum. Instead, Beltre was retired, giving the Rangers two outs. They still ended up scoring in the inning anyway, however. Jeff Baker singled and then stole third off a Mitch Moreland walk. Baker then scored off a Craig Gentry sack fly to right field.
But the Rangers couldn't get anything else off of starting pitcher Wei-Yen Chen. He pitched 7 1/2 innings before being replaced by Darren O'Day. In just his second game after being taken off the DL list, Chen had an ERA of 2.67, struckout 3, and gave up just one run.
Baltimore looks to close out the series tonight in Texas. The game is at 8:05pm ET and can be seen on MASN2 and WJZ.