Texas (40-57) at Baltimore (45-50)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Jul 21, 2003
  • TV: CSN
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Sweeping the defending World Series champions isn’t a bad way to start the second half of the season.

Hoping to build on a four-game sweep of the Anaheim Angels, the Baltimore Orioles shoot for their first five-game winning streak in over two years as they begin a two-game set with the Texas Rangers.

Baltimore limped into the All-Star break, managing just three runs while getting swept in three games by the Oakland Athletics.

The Orioles regrouped quickly, getting four solid pitching performances to sweep the Angels. Baltimore starters allowed just seven earned runs in 27 1-3 innings against Anaheim.

A win Monday will give the Orioles their first five-game winning streak since May 20-27, 2001.

On Sunday, David Segui’s seventh career grand slam backed a fine outing by Jason Johnson, who allowed one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings in the 7-6 win.

Luis Matos had a career-high four hits and Brook Fordyce went 3-for-4 for the Orioles, who finished 8-1 this season against the defending world champions.

“We seem to play real good baseball against them for some reason,” said Segui, who entered as a pinch runner for the injured Melvin Mora.

Mora, the second-leading hitter in the AL, left in the third inning after being struck on the left cheek by a pitch from John Lackey. Mora received a cut inside his mouth and was taken to a hospital for precautionary x-rays.

The Rangers have dropped five of seven, including a 15-4 setback to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday.

Outfielder Juan Gonzalez missed the game with a strained right calf and will not accompany the team to Baltimore.

STANDINGS: Rangers - 4th place, 19 GB, AL West. Orioles - 4th place, 15 GB, AL East.

RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: R.A. Dickey (4-4, 5.00 ERA). The right-hander makes his second consecutive start after beginning the season in the bullpen. In a 13-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on July 11, Dickey allowed four runs and six hits over five innings. In three relief appearances against the Orioles, Dickey is 0-1 with an 8.32 ERA.

ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Pat Hentgen (1-5, 5.25 ERA). The veteran right-hander has dropped his last four decisions and is looking for his first win since May 17. In his last start, a 5-3 Baltimore loss to the Oakland Athletics on July 12, Hentgen allowed three runs and three hits over seven innings, but didn’t receive a decision. In 15 career games against the Rangers, including 14 starts, Hentgen is 6-9 with a 6.00 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rangers - Michael Young, .322 avg. and 8 SBs; Gonzalez, 24 HRs and 70 RBIs; Alex Rodriguez, 62 runs. Orioles - Mora, .343 avg. and 58 runs; Tony Batista, 18 HRs 67 RBIs; Mora, 58 runs; Jerry Hairston and Brian Roberts, 14 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Orioles, 5-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rangers - SS Rodriguez snapped an 0-for-12 slide with a sixth-inning single Sunday. He has just three hits in his last 27 at-bats. … INF Mark Teixeira extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games with a leadoff double Sunday. … 1B Rafael Palmeiro is 5-for-11 (.455) career against RHP Hentgen. Orioles - The Orioles optioned slumping backup C Geronimo Gil to Triple-A Ottawa on Sunday and plan to purchase the contract of C Robert Machado. The Orioles will make a move Monday to create room for Machado on the 40-man roster. … Baltimore is tied with the New York Yankees for the AL lead with five grand slams this season. … The Orioles have won eight of their last nine at Camden Yards.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 17-30 on the road; Orioles - 25-24 at home.

INJURIES: Rangers - OF Kevin Mench (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (hip), 15-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Herbert Perry (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL. Orioles - OF Mora (cheek); day-to-day; OF Larry Bigbie (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Omar Daal (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Willis Roberts (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Erik Bedard (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Erickson (shoulder), 60-day DL; 2B Hairston (foot), 60-day DL; OF Albert Belle (hip), 60-day DL; OF Marty Cordova (elbow), 60-day DL.

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R. Dickey TOR vs. P. Hentgen TOR
9-8 Record 7-8
5.09 ERA 4.09
94 K 100
38 BB 58
1.48 WHIP 1.29