Ori­oles fin­ish off sweep of Rangers

Base­ball’s worst team rolls be­hind TCU ex Ar­ri­eta

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Stephen Hawkins

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

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