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July 08, 2013

Rangers 8, Orioles 5 (F)

BALTIMORE -- Ian Kinsler drove in four runs, including three with a double in a six-run sixth inning, and Derek Holland pitched into the seventh inning as the Rangers opened a four-game series Monday at Camden Yards with an 8-5 victory over the Orioles.

Kinsler drove in the game's first run in the third with a two-out single off former teammate Scott Feldman, but the Rangers were down 3-2 after five innings. But they collected six hits in the sixth, a rally that started with a blooper by David Murphy and was capped by Kinsler's bases-loaded drive that one-hopped the left-field wall with two outs.

Included in the rally was a bases-loaded single by Elvis Andrus to break a 3-3 tie and another bloop single, this one by Engel Beltre, after he was allowed to face left-hander Troy Patton.

Holland (7-4) worked his first 1-2-3 inning of the game in the Orioles' sixth, and he issued runs in only two innings. But Baltimore got him for three in the fourth, an inning that started with a four-pitch walk to J.J. Hardy, a double by Nate McLouth and an error on Mitch Moreland that allowed both runners to score.

Manny Machado gave the Orioles the lead with a two-out single, and, after a single by Adam Jones and a walk to Chris Davis, Holland got Matt Wieters swinging for the third time to end the threat.

Holland allowed a two-run homer to Wieters in the seventh, two batters after a passed ball by A.J. Pierzynski as Adam Jones struck out. Holland retired only one more batter before being pulled after a career-high 125 pitches.

Ross Wolf needed only one pitch to get the Rangers out of the seventh. Joakim Soria and Joe Nathan (30 saves) worked a scoreless inning apiece as the Rangers improved to 11-2 against Baltimore in the regular season since 2011.

-- Jeff Wilson



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