Mi­ley, Ori­oles take se­ries from Rangers

Ori­oles 10 — Rangers 6 Bel­tre belts 3,000th ca­reer hit, a dou­ble in the fourth

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS -

ARLINGTON, TEXAS — With the heart of their lineup hum­ming and a strong start from left-han­der Wade Mi­ley, the Ori­oles jumped out to a big lead early and held on late to top the Texas Rangers, 10-6, Sun­day at Globe Life Field.

The win earned them a se­ries win and sent the Ori­oles into Mon­day’s non-waiver trade dead­line at 50-54, 5.5 games out of a wild-card play­off spot with 58 games to play.

Rookie Trey Mancini, who hit cleanup for the first time in his ca­reer af­ter des­ig­nated hit­ter Mark Trumbo was scratched af­ter tweak­ing his back Sun­day morn­ing, had three hits and an RBI, while sec­ond base­man Jonathan Schoop added his club-high 24th home run and catcher Wel­ing­ton Castillo home­red while ty­ing a sea­son-high with four RBIs.

Most of the Ori­oles’ dam­age came in the fourth and fifth in­nings. In the fourth, five straight bat­ters reached at one point in a four-run frame. An in­ning later, Schoop and Castillo home­red to chase Rangers starter Martin Perez and ex­pand the Ori­oles lead beyond reach.

“You’re play­ing a day game here and the ball’s fly­ing, you need to keep ad­ding on,” man­ager

Buck Showal­ter said. “We knew that they were go­ing to make a run at us. ... Very qui­etly, (Castillo) is hit­ting .280 with 10 home runs in not a whole lot of at-bats. That was a big home run. Any run we can scratch across against them — you need mar­gin of er­ror in this place against that team, against all ma­jor league teams.”

Schoop added an RBI sin­gle in the sixth in­ning. He, third base­man Manny Machado, and Mancini all scored twice in the win.

Play was briefly stopped

in the fourth in­ning as both teams joined the an­nounced 32,437 fans on hand to con­grat­u­late Rangers third base­man Adrian Bel­tre on his 3,000th ca­reer hit, which came on a fourth-in­ning dou­ble off Mi­ley.

Bel­tre achieved the mile­stone in his fourth at­tempt of the se­ries, and was greeted on the field by his team­mates and fam­ily dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tion that the Ori­oles were glad to take part in.

“As a fan of the game, what a ca­reer that guy has had,” Mi­ley said. “I wasn’t try­ing to let him get a hit by any means, but at the same time, as a fan, if it had to hap­pen, that guy is an un­be­liev­able player. That’s who you want your kids to watch. That’s

the kind of re­spect I have for him. It’s a special mo­ment for him, let him cel­e­brate. How­ever long they took, I felt like it went pretty quick. Con­grats to that guy. He’s been fun to watch for the last 19 years, and hope­fully he keeps rap­ping out some more.”

Mi­ley pitched five in­nings of two-run ball, walk­ing just one and strik­ing out five while al­low­ing six hits, and im­proved to 5-9 on the sea­son.

Mi­ley didn’t al­low a hit un­til the third in­ning, and only re­ally found trou­ble in the fourth, when a one-out walk and Bel­tre’s his­toric dou­ble put two men on for sec­ond base­man Rougned Odor to drive home with a two-out sin­gle.

Two Rangers reached in Mi­ley’s fifth and fi­nal in­ning, but he stranded them. His ERA was down to 5.60 by day’s end.

“Bet­ter over­all,” Mi­ley said. “Still not great. I didn’t throw a lot of strikes. Didn’t get ahead of guys like I wanted to, but at the same time, I was able to make some pitches in key sit­u­a­tions and we were able to score some runs. Ob­vi­ously, that makes it a lot eas­ier to pitch.”

Showal­ter’s as­sess­ment was rosier.

“I’ll tell you, Mi­ley was good,” he said. “To pitch five in­nings and hold that club to two runs, it may not have al­ways looked aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing but he never gave in and started just throw­ing.

We needed all of our bul­lets to­day, but for­tu­nately we were short enough with ev­ery­body that we’ll have ev­ery­body back to­mor­row.”

Six dif­fer­ent pitch­ers — Dar­ren O’Day, Brad Brach, Miguel Cas­tro, Don­nie Hart, My­chal Givens, and Zach Brit­ton — cov­ered the re­main­ing in­nings. O’Day, Cas­tro, and Hart gave up home runs as the lead shrunk from 10-2 to 10-6.

Ori­oles pitch­ing com­bined to strike out 14 bat­ters, their most since April 30.

Hav­ing five straight men reach in their four-run third cer­tainly helped, but the on­slaught was helped by good baserun­ning on ev­ery play. On Mancini’s RBI sin­gle, Schoop went first-to-third so

he could score eas­ily on the en­su­ing sin­gle by first base­man Chris Davis. On that Davis sin­gle, Mancini did the same, and scored when Castillo rolled a ball into right field.

Both run­ners ad­vanced on a long fly ball out to left field by left fielder Joey Rickard, mak­ing Te­jada’s force­out worth a run as well.

An in­ning later, Mancini again took an ex­tra base on a Davis sin­gle be­fore scor­ing on Castillo’s home run.

With a pair of dou­bles and a sin­gle, Machado’s three­hit day raised his bat­ting av­er­age to .243 by the end of the game — his high­est since April 8.

Machado is bat­ting .281 since the All-Star break.

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