ARLINGTON – Things got out of hand quickly for Ross Wolf and the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Wolf retired only five of 16 batters faced, the offense stalled early on before showing some life late and the Baltimore Orioles held on for a 7-4 victory at Rangers Ballpark. The Orioles have won the first two games of a three-game series to start the second half, as the Rangers have now dropped six of their last seven.
Five of the first six batters reached against Wolf, including RBI singles by Adam Jones and Chris Davis for a 2-0 lead.
The Orioles scored another run in the second, and pulled away with four more in the third. Jones homered, Henry Urrutia had an RBI single and Brian Roberts drove in two more with a single in the third.
Wolf lasted only two-plus innings, and was charged with all seven runs. Joseph Ortiz relieved him and worked 3 2/3 innings. Cory Burns, Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers threw the final 3 1/3 innings.
Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez, meanwhile, held the Rangers’ offense in check. He threw six scoreless innings before allowing a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Ian Kinsler.
The Rangers pulled to within striking distance with three runs in the eighth, including a two-run single by David Murphy, to cut the deficit to 7-4.
In the ninth, Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre reached on a pair of two-out singles to bring the tying run, A.J. Pierzynski to the plate. But Pierzynski grounded out, as Orioles closer Jim Johnson earned his major league-leading 35th save.
-- Drew Davison