Baltimore (69-75) at Texas (70-75)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Arlington, TX, US
Temp: 99° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 14, 2005
  • TV: CSN, FSSW
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Jay Gibbons and the Baltimore Orioles will shoot for a fifth straight win in the finale of a three-game series with the Texas Rangers at Ameriquest Field.

Gibbons has been on a tear, batting .392 (20-for-51) over his last 13 games. He has seven multi-hit efforts during his hot stretch, raising his average from .257 to .273.

Baltimore is bidding for its first three-game sweep in Arlington since July 21-23, 1997. The Orioles are just 15-23 at Texas since that series, but improved to 3-2 this season with Tuesday’s 4-3 win.

Luis Matos doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Orioles after Baltimore surrendered a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, when reliever Chris Ray gave up Alfonso Soriano’s two-out RBI double.

Baltimore’s Javy Lopez made his 66th start at catcher Tuesday and had an RBI single in four at-bats. Lopez has played in just 87 games after missing two months earlier this season with a broken right hand.

“He’s missed quite a bit of the year with injuries and he’s well behind in the catching,” Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo said.

“We’ve got four catchers here, it’s a little difficult to get them all some time. The biggest thing for Javy is swinging the bat. We all know what he can do catching.”

Orioles starter Erik Bedard is in search of his first win since Aug. 9. He is 0-3 with a 5.94 ERA over his last six outings.

Bedard gave up two runs and five hits over five innings and was charged with the loss in a 3-2 setback at Seattle last Friday. The 26-year-old left-hander fell to 2-4 with a 4.18 ERA in nine road starts this season.

Bedard has walked 16 over his last four outings.

“It’s just the walks,” Bedard said. “I had four walks again. If I had just one walk, maybe I last a few more innings.”

Texas shortstop Michael Young went 1-for-4 on Tuesday as his average fell one point to .329. Young is eight points ahead of Boston’s Johnny Damon and New York’s Alex Roddriguez for the AL batting title.

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