The Baltimore Orioles are a good team. They may be in third place in the AL East, but they are 10 games over .500 and have won 6 out of their last 10 games. So, the Rangers had a tough task with them coming into town and they managed to live up to that task.
They won 5-1 Monday night, largely in part to a stellar performance from Ryan Dempster. He threw 8 innings, only giving up 1 run on 4 hits. This was clearly his best start as a Ranger and showed signs that he might turn into the pitcher the Rangers hoped for when they acquired him at the trade deadline.
The bats also helped. David Murphy (more about him in another post) added 2 hits and 2 RBIs, and doubles from Kinsler, Cruz, and Young gave Dempster 5 runs to work with and that was more than enough.
They lost Tuesday night. The Orioles got 5 runs on Scott Feldman, who wasn’t terrible. He really just had one bad inning when he gave up 4 runs in the 5th. Otherwise, he looked pretty sharp. Unfortunately, he’s 0-3 in his last three starts, but again, he hasn’t been terrible, giving up 4 ER, 3 ER, and 4 ER respectively.
Adrian Beltre had 2 hits and Ian Kinsler and Geovany Soto homered to give the Rangers 3 runs, but they just weren’t enough. At that point, Kinsler was 3 for his last 29, and he was only hitting .139 over his last 10 games. Beltre, on the other hand, has turned it on. He’s hitting .343 over his last 10 games, with 3 homeruns and 8 RBIs.
Wednesday night, was one of the best games of the year, and another Ranger went on a homerun spree with the Orioles on the butt end. Adrian Beltre had 3 homeruns (remember Hamilton had 4 homeruns against the O’s earlier this season). Mitch Moreland belted his first career grand slam, and David Murphy, Soto, and Kinsler each had doubles in a 12-3 rout.
Derek Holland had all the support he needed. He went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. He improved to 8-6 overall, and really, he pitched a pretty good game. He finally finished one without giving up a homerun, and that kept the game tight until the Rangers erupted for 9 runs in the 4th inning. Beltre homered twice that inning and Moreland also added his grand slam.
One thing to mention is that the Rangers scored 20 runs in 3 games and Josh Hamilton only had 2 hits total. So, it’s clear that they can score without Hamilton playing well. That bodes well for next season if he’s lost to free agency.