Orioles finish off sweep of Rangers
Baseball’s worst team rolls behind TCU ex Arrieta
ARLINGTON — Baltimore Orioles rookie Jake Arrieta grew up going to games at Rangers Ballpark. This time, he was on the mound helping the majors’ worst team get a win.
Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning, Corey Patterson had another big hit against Texas and the Orioles won 4-1 Sunday to go into the All-Star break with their first four-game road sweep since 1995.
“To have all my friends and family here, it feels great. To sweep one of the best teams in the league in Arlington, that’s huge for our team’s confidence,” said Arrieta, who pitched at nearby Plano East High and then TCU. “It’s a great way to end the first half.”
The last-place Orioles (2959) hadn’t won any of their 14 road series this season before Texas.
“These guys probably feel like they don’t want to go on the break,” said Juan Samuel, who became the Orioles’ interim manager when Dave Trembley was fired June 4.
Despite their 3-7 homestand, the Rangers (50-38) still have a 4½-game division lead. The Angels have also been struggling, losing 5-2 at Oakland on Sunday to end a 1-6 trip.
“We’re in f irst place. There’s no need for us to be sad,” manager Ron Washington said. “We just have to come out of the break and hold on to it.”
The Rangers led 1-0 after All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler hit a two-out homer in the first. Baltimore responded with three doubles in the second — Adam Jones had a leadoff double, Julio Lugo had an RBI double and Patterson hit a two-run double off C.J. Wilson (7-5) that snapped a 1-all tie.
Miguel Tejada, who walked three times against Wilson, homered in the ninth.
Arrieta (3-2), the 24-yearold right-hander who had more than 100 family and friends in the stands for his seventh major league start, held Texas to six hits over 61⁄ innings.
“We’ve hit a little rough spot offensively,’’ Kinsler said. “We’ve got three days to think about it.’’
Baltimore’s Jake Arrieta