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July 19, 2013

Orioles 3, Rangers 1 (F)

ARLINGTON – Derek Holland turned in his fifth consecutive quality start, but lost for the first time in that stretch.

The Rangers continued their struggles against Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen in a 3-1 loss on Friday night to open the second-half of the season.

The Rangers went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 men on base, for the night. Chen is now 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers.

Holland pitched just as impressively, despite the hard-luck loss.

Matt Wieters had a solo homer with two outs in the second inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. They extended it to 2-0 in the third on an RBI double by Nate McLouth.

The Rangers pulled to within 2-1 the fourth. Jeff Baker had a one-out single, moved to second and then stole third on a walk to Mitch Moreland and scored on a sacrifice fly by Craig Gentry. The inning started with a deep fly ball to right by Adrian Beltre, but Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis robbed a potential home run.

The Orioles regained a two-run lead in the fifth. Manny Machado reached on an infield single and then scored on a double by Markakis.

The Rangers had the go-ahead run at the plate in the ninth after David Murphy led off with a pinch-hit single, and Ian Kinsler reached on a hit by pitch with two outs. But Elvis Andrus grounded into a fielder's choice as Orioles closer Jim Johnson earned his 34th save.

Holland dropped to 8-5, despite allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts over eight innings.

-- Drew Davison


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