Though the Rangers were the first on the board, a strong performance in the late innings of the game pushed the Orioles ahead 6-4.
The Rangers jumped to an early lead in the first, beginning with a leadoff single from Shin-Soo Choo. With two outs, back-to-back singles from Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios were enough to move Choo around the bases and produce the Rangers first run.
In the third, the Rangers took control of the game, as Choo lead off with a walk. Elvis Andrus reached base after interference from Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, though the call was thoroughly argued by manager Buck Showalter. Beltre doubled, scoring Choo and Andrus, and producing another two Rangers runs. An infield single by Leonys Martin scored Beltre, giving the Rangers their final run of the day.
Baltimore got on the board in the fourth, off a solo home run from Adam Jones. The runs fizzled out for a bit, before the Orioles ultimately made their push to tie the game in the sixth.After the Rangers failed to score with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, the Orioles made sure to take advantage.
Miles Mikolas started the sixth by walking Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce, though to his credit the umpire wasn’t helping him out much. At that point, Jason Frasor entered the game, and the cookie crumbled. Frasor would throw a wild pitch to advance the runners, and then allow a sacrifice fly to Jones, scoring Markakis. Cruz singled to score Pearce, and Hardy singled to score Cruz, and the game was tied at 4-4.
Neal Cotts came in for the Rangers in the seventh, allowing a leadoff home run to Ryan Flaherty that pushed Baltimore into the lead. Cotts walked Pearce, and then moved Pearce to second with a balk. A single from Jones would score Pearce, and give the Orioles an insurance run.
The Game went into a rain delay, that lasted approximately one hour and forty minutes, before resuming in the bottom of the eighth. Once the game resumed, there were no htis for either team, and the game was quickly finished.
Though he was awared a no decision, the Rangers should be relatively pleased by the performance of Mikolas, who was making his Rangers debut, and his first career start Wednesday against the Orioles. Compared to the starters of late, Mikolas was stellar, as his only real flaw was the home run he gave up to Jones.
Mikolas did however, almost give up another homer to Cruz in the second inning, but was bailed out by Martin. Martin may be known for his arm, but the young outfielder scaled the left field fence, and robbed Nelly of a home run, something his former teammate could only laugh about.
Yu Darvish takes the mound for the Rangers tomorrow, as they try to avoid a four-game sweep at Camden Yard. Game time is slated for 6:05 p.m. CT.