Baltimore (36-46) at Texas (45-41)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 5, 2011
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Matt Harrison(notes) has won all three starts against the Baltimore Orioles thanks in part to tremendous run support.

The Texas Rangers provided plenty of support in the opener of this three-game set and will look for another offensive onslaught Tuesday night at home.

Texas (45-41) gave former manager Buck Showalter a rude welcome Monday with a 13-4 victory. Showalter returned to Arlington for the first time since he went 319-329 in four seasons with the Rangers from 2003-06.

The Rangers’ 18 hits were their most at home since they had 20 against Baltimore (36-46) in a 13-7 victory May 20, 2010. The Orioles had won four straight at Texas since that defeat before Monday.

“We couldn’t quite keep up with them,” Orioles slugger Mark Reynolds(notes) said. “We’ve got to match them hit for hit and run for run, and we didn’t tonight. … It’s tough, but at the same time, you’ve got to keep playing, no matter what the score is.”

Harrison (6-7, 3.30 ERA) is 3-0 despite a 5.21 ERA in three starts against the Orioles. The Rangers have scored 34 runs in those games.

Baltimore is 10-16 against left-handers. Harrison yielded five runs over six innings in Thursday’s 7-0 loss at Houston.

He’s had success in limiting Nick Markakis(notes) to a single in nine at-bats. Markakis went 0 for 4 on Monday after batting .439 over his previous 21 games, also seeing his 11-game hitting streak in Arlington come to an end.

Reynolds, however, continued his surge with two more homers. He’s got five homers and nine RBIs over his last three games, also going deep twice Saturday in Atlanta.

The third baseman has seven homers and 12 RBIs over his last eight games. Seven of his last eight hits have gone over the fence.

“I’ve been able to hit pitchers’ mistakes,” Reynolds admitted.

Texas’ attack, meanwhile, featured 10 extra-base hits as Michael Young(notes) fell a homer shy of the cycle. Adrian Beltre(notes) homered and Endy Chavez(notes) also went deep in his first four-RBI game in more than eight years.

“That’s nice when you put extra guys in and they can supply you with some offense,” said manager Ron Washington about Chavez.

The Rangers are 3-1 against the Orioles. Beltre has homered in all three victories, going 6 for 14 with six RBIs.

Monday’s contest marked Vladimir Guerrero’s(notes) first at Texas since he led the Rangers with 115 RBIs last year. Guerrero was 0 for 1 with two walks and a hit by pitch, and is hitting .156 with no RBIs over his last 13 games.

The Orioles got two innings Monday from Chris Jakubauskas(notes), marking the ninth time in 10 games a starter has failed to pitch at least six. Baltimore starters have a 6.98 ERA in the last 20 games and the team’s relievers have logged a MLB-high 287 1-3 innings.

It’s unlikely they will get a lengthy outing from Mitch Atkins(notes) (NR), expected to get his first career start Tuesday. Atkins made seven relief appearances and posted a 5.25 ERA over the previous two seasons for the Chicago Cubs.

The 25-year-old right-hander went 3-6 with a 3.18 ERA in 14 combined starts this season at Single-A Frederick, Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk.

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M. Atkins Tex vs. M. Harrison Tex
0-0 Record 14-9
8.44 ERA 3.39
7 K 126
3 BB 57
2.25 WHIP 1.28


Tuesday, Jul 5