The Rangers visit Baltimore for the first time since becoming the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game Friday night when the teams open a three-game series.
In one of the wildest games of 2007, the Orioles held a 3-0 lead over the Rangers on Aug. 22 in the first game of a doubleheader before Texas batted around in a five-run fourth.
The Rangers (44-42) added nine runs in the sixth, 10 more in the eighth and another six in the ninth in a 30-3 win. They became the first team to score 30 since the Chicago Colts (now the Cubs) set the major league record in a 36-7 rout of Louisville on June 28, 1897.
The Orioles (43-41) absorbed the most lopsided loss in franchise history just hours after the team announced manager Dave Trembley would return for the 2008 season.
“You enjoy what we did last time but you can’t live on it,” Rangers manager Ron Washington told the team’s official Web site. “We’ve got a new game, and you have to play a solid nine innings. We’ve got to keep what we’re doing. You certainly don’t think about the 30 runs we scored, because I doubt it will happen again.”
Although Texas is coming off a big loss of its own - 18-7 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday - Washington was pleased with his team’s performance in the three-game series.
“Well, we came in here and took two of three from New York,” he said. “I don’t think when we arrived here anybody gave us a chance to do that.”
Josh Hamilton had a two-run single Wednesday, giving him a major league-leading 82 RBIs this season. That is the second most in franchise history before the All-Star break, trailing Juan Gonzalez’s 101 in 1998.
Vicente Padilla (10-4, 4.13 ERA) takes the mound for the Rangers, trying to rebound from one of his worst outings of the season. The right-hander failed in a bid to win his fourth straight start, allowing a season high-tying seven runs and seven hits over six innings Saturday in an 8-6 loss to Philadelphia.
Padilla is 8-2 in his last 12 starts despite ranking second in the AL in home runs allowed (19). The Rangers are scoring an AL-high 6.96 runs per game for him.
He is 1-3 with a 6.23 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles - all on the road.
Baltimore allowed seven sixth-inning runs Thursday in a 10-7 loss to Kansas City, settling for a four-game split.
“That’s baseball. Our bullpen has been steady all year long,” said Aubrey Huff, who homered twice. “You’ve got to give them credit. They were just hitting in that inning, and you really can’t do much about it.”
Huff has eight home runs and 21 RBIs in his last 20 games. He has 17 homers this season, two more than he had in 2007.
He’ll now try to provide some support for Jeremy Guthrie (4-7, 3.50), who has received three runs or fewer from Baltimore’s lineup in 13 of 18 starts.
Guthrie has allowed three runs or less in eight of his past 10 outings, including Sunday’s 3-2, 12-inning loss at Washington when he yielded one run and four hits through seven innings.
In his only career start against the Rangers on July 6, Guthrie gave up three runs and five hits over six innings in Baltimore’s 4-3, 10-inning defeat.