The Rangers took advantage of the first ever three-error game from Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy to score three runs in the seventh inning and take the lead for good in an 8-6 win Thursday night.
Rougned Odor would reach on an infield single to Hardy and advance to second on a throwing error from the Oriole shortstop. Hardy’s second error of the inning and third of the night brought Odor home from third on a grounder by Elvis Andrus.
Three consecutive Rangers would reach with two outs, including RBI singles from Alex Rios and Chris Gimenez. Hardy came into the game with just one error on the season.
Mitch Moreland put the Rangers on the scoreboard first with a two-run single in the first inning. Shin-Soo Choo walked and Elvis Andrus doubled to set the table for Moreland’s fifth and sixth RBIs since moving to the third spot in the order.
Michael Choice extended the lead with a two-run home run into the Baltimore bullpen in the second inning after a leadoff single from Leonys Martin. Andrus would add an RBI single for the fifth run of the game for Texas.
Nine of the first 11 Rangers reached base against Oriole starter Chris Tillman. Double play grounders ended each of the first two innings.
After a ten-pitch, three-up, three-down first inning, Colby Lewis gave up at least one hit in each of his final four frames.
Handed a five-run lead, Lewis surrendered a two-run home run to Nick Markakis in the third. Baltimore plated three runs to tie the game in the fifth inning, as Adam Jones and Chris Davis came up with two-out RBIs.
Lewis would earn a no-decision. He struck out former Ranger Nelson Cruz three times in the game.
Robbie Ross posted two zeroes on the Baltimore half of the scoreboard in the sixth and seventh innings before Tanner Scheppers allowed a home run to Jones, the first batter he faced in the return from the disabled list, in the eighth.
A double play ground ball ended the threat in the penultimate inning, and the Orioles’ damage was done for the evening.
Joakim Soria earned his 12th save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.
During the fifth inning of Thursday’s game, the Rangers selected RHP Luis Ortiz from Sanger High School in California with the 30th overall pick in the MLB Draft.