BALTIMORE (AP) — Brandon Snyder homered and had a career-high six RBIs against his former team, and the Texas Rangers beat Baltimore 14-3 Monday night to end the Orioles' five-game winning streak.
Snyder, the Orioles' top draft choice in 2005, hit a two-run single in the second inning, a three-run drive in the sixth and an RBI single during a seven-run ninth. He played in only 16 games with Baltimore before the Rangers got him for cash considerations in January.
Texas starter Matt Harrison (4-2) gave up three runs, six hits and a walk in seven innings. The left-hander yielded 15 runs and 22 hits in his previous two appearances, so pitching against the Orioles couldn't have come at a better time — he's now 4-0 lifetime against Baltimore, with all of the wins coming at Camden Yards.
Michael Young homered and drove in three runs and Josh Hamilton hit his 10th home run for the Rangers, who got 19 hits in their sixth straight win over Baltimore. First-place Texas had lost five of its previous seven games.
The surprising Orioles entered with the best record in the majors after a 5-1 trip through Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, but on this night they were no match for the two-time defending AL champions. Starter Brian Matusz (1-4) yielded seven runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings, leaving Baltimore in a 7-0 hole in the sixth.
It was the most runs allowed by the Orioles since a 17-3 loss to the Yankees last July.
Robert Andino and Wilson Betemit homered for Baltimore, and J.J. Hardy had three hits, giving him eight over two games. But it wasn't nearly enough to prevent the Orioles from absorbing their most lopsided loss of the year.
The Rangers went up 2-0 in the second inning when Adrian Beltre walked, Nelson Cruz doubled and Snyder lined a two-out single to center. Before that hit, Snyder's only RBI with Texas came on his first major league homer in Toronto on Wednesday.
Young hit a sacrifice fly in the third for a 3-0 lead.
Baltimore got a runner on in three of the first four innings, but twice was victimized by double plays. The Orioles hit into six DPs on Sunday at Boston.
In the sixth, Mike Napoli singled in a run before Snyder chased Matusz with a shot to center. Matusz broke a 12-game losing streak in his previous start against the Yankees, but this 103-pitch outing raised his ERA to an unsightly 5.91.
Andino homered in the bottom half to make it 7-1, and Betemit hit a two-run drive in the seventh.
Young and Hamilton both connected with a man on against Jason Berken in the ninth.
NOTES: The Orioles added RHPs Berken and Stu Pomeranz from Triple-A Norfolk, while demoting Sunday's starter, RHP Tommy Hunter, and C Ronny Paulino. Pomreanz made his major league debut, allowing three hits in three scoreless innings. ... Beltre, who missed the previous five games with a left hamstring injury, returned as the Texas DH. He moved gingerly on the bases. ... On Tuesday, the Rangers will start RHP Neftali Feliz (1-1, 3.81 ERA) against Baltimore's Jake Arrieta (2-2, 3.52).