Lewis Falls To 9-10, Rangers Can't Solve Orioles

The Rangers look to snap their three game losing streak after being swept by the Rays as they open a four game set with the Baltimore Orioles while Colby Lewis looks to notch his 10th win of the season.

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Official Recap: Orioles 4, Rangers 0

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Brian Roberts hit a two-run double in Baltimore’s four-run seventh inning, and Brian Matusz silenced the Rangers over eight frames en route to a 4-0 whitewashing in the opener of a four-game series at Camden Yards.

Matusz (5-12) had his best outing of the season, yielding just five hits with one walk and six strikeouts. The young lefty had lasted at least seven frames only once in his previous 11 starts.

Corey Patterson had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who had lost four of five coming in.

Colby Lewis (9-10) was charged with four runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings to drop his fifth straight decision over a six-start span, though Texas has scored a total of seven runs in those games.

The Rangers have lost six straight on the road and four in a row overall. It was just the second time the American League West leaders were shut out all season.

Baltimore broke a stalemate with a four-spot in the seventh. Felix Pie, Matt Wieters and Patterson each singled with one out, the latter bringing in the game’s first run with a sharp line drive to center.

After a groundout, Roberts lofted a soft liner to right that Brandon Boggs misplayed into a two-run double, ending Lewis’s outing. Darren Oliver came in and surrendered a run-scoring base hit to Nick Markakis for a 4-0 contest.

Matusz, who threw 82 of his 115 pitches for strikes, retired the side in order in the eighth, and Koji Uehara survived a pair of hits in the ninth to complete the shutout.

The Orioles’ best chance to score early on came in the third when they had the bases loaded with one out, and Lewis struck out Markakis and Ty Wigginton.

Offense was also tough to come by for the Rangers, who ran themselves out of a run-scoring opportunity in the sixth when Andres Blanco tried to stretch a gapper to right into a triple. The relay throw to third was late, but Wigginton blocked the bag for the out. Wigginton and Blanco had a few heated words with one another before cooler heads quickly prevailed.

Game Notes

Rangers third baseman Michael Young returned after missing two straight games with a stiff neck and went 1-for-4…Texas is 12-22 against the American League East this season…Pie and Wieters each had two hits for Baltimore…Vladimir Guerrero had the only multi-hit game for Texas, going 2- for-3 with a walk…The only other time the Rangers were shut out came on May 15 when Ricky Romero blanked them in a 6-0 decision.

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Ian Kinsler To Undergo MRI Monday

Per Jeff Wilson, Ian Kinsler is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday on his ailing groin that landed him on the disabled list. Kinsler is hoping to be cleared for baseball activities and would then likely go out on a rehab stint before returning to the Rangers. 

Kinsler is hitting .298/.387/.418 on the season with six home runs. 

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Rangers Look To Bounce Back Against Orioles

(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers try to snap a three-game losing streak this evening when they open a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

After splitting a two-game set with the New York Yankees, then taking two of three from the Boston Red Sox, the Rangers' recent success against the American League East ran out this week, as they were swept in three games by the Tampa Bay Rays, falling 8-6 in Wednesday's finale at Tropicana Field.

Mitch Moreland clubbed a two-run homer and Taylor Teagarden contributed a solo shot for the AL West-leading Rangers, who have dropped five of seven and sit eight games in front of both Anaheim and Oakland in the division.

Derek Holland (2-2), who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to the game to make the start in place of Rich Harden, yielded five runs on six hits with four walks and struck out eight over 4 1/3 innings.

A series against the woeful Baltimore Orioles could be just what the Rangers need. However, it was the Orioles who handed Texas its longest losing streak of the year earlier in the season when it swept a four-game set in Arlington just before the All-Star break.

Texas is actually just 4-12 against teams from the AL East on the road with all four victories coming at Fenway Park.

Hoping to avoid another four-game slide for the Rangers tonight will be righty Colby Lewis, who has lost his last four decisions. Lewis' latest setback came on Saturday against the Red Sox, despite a solid effort that saw him surrender a run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 3-1 loss. Lewis also struck out nine, but still fell to 9-9, while lowering his earned run average to 3.28.

"It is what it is," Lewis said. "You just roll with the punches. I'm used to one-run games. Last year I was 11-9 in Japan with a [2.96] ERA. That's the way it goes. If you do what you can to keep your team in the game, you're doing your job. That's the way it is."

Lewis will be making his second start against the Orioles and is 0-1 in three appearances against them with a 6.75 ERA.

Baltimore will counter with young lefty Brian Matusz, who is 4-12 with a 5.28 ERA. Matusz absorbed the loss on Saturday against the Rays, who battered him for five runs and nine hits in just four innings.

Matusz has faced the Rangers three times and is 1-1, despite a 10.95 ERA.

The Orioles enter tonight's opener on the heels of dropping two of three to the Seattle Mariners, culminating with a 6-5 loss in Wednesday's rubber match.

Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer and Luke Scott added a two-run single for the Orioles, who have dropped five of seven. Jeremy Guthrie (7-12) was charged with six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits over eight innings.

"It came down to a couple of pitches," Guthrie said. "It's unfortunate on a night like this that I couldn't pitch better."

Still and all, the Orioles are 10-6 in 16 games under new manager Buck Showalter, the team's best stretch of baseball since 2008.

Baltimore has won six of its last eight meetings with the Rangers.

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