Orioles 7, Rangers 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Melvin Mora has become a dangerous hitter with the bases loaded.
Mora improved to 8-for-15 with 18 RBIs with the bases loaded this season.
“I knew the club needed me,” said Mora, second in the AL with a .349 average. “I gave it a little extra.”
Mora’s two-run hits in the third and fifth helped stop the Orioles’ longest slide since dropping the final 12 games of the 2002 season.
“If we’d lost this one today, we might as well have called it a season,” Orioles starter Sidney Ponson said.
Baltimore’s Brian Roberts reached base four times and scored three runs.
“We were ready for something positive to happen,” Roberts said. “We thought we’d break the streak every day for the last 10 days. Now we can move on.”
Ponson (9-13) allowed five runs and 12 hits—11 singles—in seven innings, but won for the sixth time in his last seven decisions. He struck out six and walked none.
“I thought Ponson threw well,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. “He did what an ace is supposed to do. He got us deep in the game so we could let the other guys take over.”
Texas starter Chris Young (0-1) allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings in his second big league start and left in the fifth trailing 4-2.
David Dellucci’s solo homer in the seventh—the Rangers’ only extra-base hit—made it 6-5.
Baltimore regained its two-run lead on Roberts’ RBI single in the eighth off Brian Shouse.
Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Texas, which lost five of seven to Baltimore in the season series that ended Sunday.
Texas took the lead in the first on Teixeira’s RBI single, but Baltimore went in front in the third on Mora’s two-run single.
“It seemed like every time we scored, they’d come back with another run,” Teixeira said. “We couldn’t catch them.”
Laynce Nix’s RBI single in the fourth tied it for Texas at 2, but Mora’s two-run single in the fifth chased Young and put Baltimore ahead 4-2.
Texas pulled within 5-4 in the sixth on RBI singles by Teixeira and Soriano.
Palmeiro’s run-scoring double in the seventh off Carlos Almanzar made it 6-4. Palmeiro has 564 doubles, moving past Charlie Gehringer for 15th on the all-time list.
The Rangers tried to draw even in the ninth when Eric Young had a one-out pinch single. Young went to second on Julio’s wild pitch, then tried to take an extra base but was thrown out at third by catcher Javy Lopez. Dellucci’s strikeout ended the game.
“In that situation with the game on the line, I’ve got to make a better judgment,” Eric Young said. “The play was too close to take a risk in that situation.”
Before the losing streak, the Orioles had won 11 of their previous 13. Mazzilli said getting a positive result was important heading into Monday’s day off.
“It’s good to break the ice,” Mazzilli said. “Today we handled it well, being mad, fighting back and not giving up.”
Roberts was awarded first base in the fifth on catcher’s interference against Gerald Laird. Laird called a pitchout with a runner on first, and as he moved out of the batter’s box to make a throw to second, his glove made contact with Roberts’ bat. Laird was charged with an error. … Rangers infielder Herbert Perry has a rehab assignment in Double-A Frisco this week and is expected to be activated when rosters are expanded to 40 on Sept. 1. … Texas right-hander Juan Dominguez, out since June 16 with an upper back injury, was scheduled to throw two rehab innings for Double-A Frisco on Sunday.