The Texas Rangers were swept by the Baltimore Orioles, as a rainy day at Camden Yard was brought to an end with a 5-2 Rangers loss.
After a one hour rain delay, and a switch from Yu Darvish to Scott Baker as the Rangers starting pitcher, the game finally got under way.
The Orioles were the first on the board in the third, which began with a leadoff double by Nick Hundley. A single from Steve Pearce scored Hundley, leaving Baltimore with a brief 1-0 lead.
The Rangers tied the game in the top of the fourth, when Adrian Beltre singled and Chris Gimenez doubles to put two men on for Carlos Pena. Though he didn’t get a hit, Pena hit a groundout that would allow Beltre to score.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo home run in the fifth, giving the Rangers a short-lived lead before the Orioles ultimately took over control of the game. Back-to-back doubles from Ryan Flaherty and Hundley would tie the game, and then a double from Pearce would score Hundley to give Baltimore the lead.
Aaron Poreda came in to relieve Baker, and had his best outing of the year striking out all four batters he face. Ben Rowen would relieve Poreda, and allow the fourth run of the game for Baltimore, a sacrifice fly to Adam Jones scoring Nick Markakis. Rowen left two men on the base for Neal Cotts, who allowed Chris Davis to single, score Pearce for the final run of the night.
Steve Pearce might as well be named Kyle Seager, as he completely man-handled the Rangers in all four games this series. In Thursday night’s game, Seager went 4-5 with two doubles, two singles, two RBI, a stolen base and a strikeout.
With the four game sweep the Rangers have now lost five straight, as their record drops to 37-48. Though Texas started the season strong on the road, they have now dropped nine straight, not a good sign with three games left on the road trip.
Yu Darvish will start tomorrow, or is scheduled to at least, as the Rangers have a take at interleague play against the New York Mets. Game time is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT.