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July 11, 2013

Orioles 3, Rangers 1 (F)

BALTIMORE -- Ross Wolf allowed two solo homers in six innings Thursday, but the Rangers' offense could manage only an Ian Kinsler home run as Baltimore squeaked out a 3-1 victory to earn a split of the four-game series.

The Rangers collected only two runs and 11 hits in the final two games as they head to Detroit for three games to close out the first half of the season. The task won't get any easier with Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander scheduled to pitch for the Tigers.

Wolf did his part filling in for Yu Darvish, issuing only three hits. One was a solo homer in the second inning by Chris Davis, his only hit of the series, and the second was homer by Brian Roberts to open the third.

Wolf, the Rangers' long reliever, used only 72 pitches before giving way to Neal Cotts in the seventh. Jason Frasor, though, allowed a two-out run-scoring single to Nate McLouth in the eighth after a Nolan Reimold grounder hit off third baseman Adrian Beltre's glove on its way to left field for a single.

The Rangers had a golden opportunity to pull into a tied in the top of the eighth after Leonys Martin singled and got to second with no outs. But Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz failed to bring him in, and Jim Johnson worked around two singles in the ninth to close it out.

-- Jeff Wilson




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