The Rangers continued to struggle at home, as they fell 6-5 to the Baltimore Orioles losing their second straight game.
With the game tied 5-5 in the sixth, the Orioles took advantage of the two-men starting pitcher Nick Martinez left on the bags, when Nick Markakis, who also had a solo homer in the third, hit a single off Aaron Poreda, scoring Joseph and giving the Orioles their ultimate victory.
Two errors by rookie Luis Sardinas early on in the game allowed Nelson Cruz to reach base, and prevented outs that would have kept the Orioles from scoring more runs. Sardinas earned the start after manager Ron Washington decided to give Elvis Andrus the day off, and struggled defensively though he had a three-hit night. Sardinas’ struggles seemed to highlight the loss, but Washington believes he responded the right way.
“Tonight was one of those nights, but you can tell they aren’t phased” said Washington. “Sardinas picked it up. Yes he missed a pop up, and made a bad throw, and they ended up scoring some runs on those situations. But it didn’t stop him from playing.”
Martinez’s performance tonight was far from special, but better than his last outing against the Twins. Watching the game, it seems fortunate that Martinez only game up six runs, four of which were earned, but with the lackluster performance coming from his defense, you have to give him credit for battling through 5.2 innings.
“I felt better than the last time” said Martinez. “In Minnesota I felt like I was really battling. Today I felt like I made my pitches and executed. Just that last inning, then I left the ball up and got myself in a hole.”
The offense Wednesday night consisted of Adrian Beltre, who hit a two-run blast in the first, and then a three-runner in the fifth to tie the game up. There were opportunities for the Rangers to score in the game, but an unnecessary sac-bunt or double play would erase them.For an offense that lit up on the previous eleven-game road trip, the Rangers haven’t played well at home at all.
“Our offense just isn’t where it needs to be when we’re at home” said Washington. “We’re working every day, and we will continue to work until we get it where we want it.”
The Rangers look to avoid a sweep from the Orioles Thursday night, with Colby Lewis on the mound. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.