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Official Recap: Rangers 6, Orioles 4

(Sports Network) – Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero hit three-run home runs in support of Tommy Hunter’s eight effective innings as Texas topped Baltimore, 6-4, in the last of a four-game set.

Hamilton finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Guerrero, Julio Borbon and Elvis Andrus each added a pair of hits for the Rangers, who split the series to return home after a 2-5 road trip.

Hunter (10-2) permitted three runs on five hits without a strikeout or a walk and was followed by Neftali Feliz, who allowed a ninth inning home run but managed to earn his 31st save for Texas, which improved to 8-11 in August.

Kevin Millwood (2-14) suffered the loss in his 400th career start after allowing six runs on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out two for the Orioles, who claimed the season series, 6-4, for the first time since 2004.

Andrus singled to start the game and moved to second base when Michael Young walked. Hamilton followed by belting a three-run homer to left-center to put the Rangers on the board three batters into the game.

The Rangers put runners at second and third with one out in the third but could not add to their lead after Guerrero’s shallow fly out and David Murphy’s ground out to end the inning.

Hunter retired the first nine batters before Brian Roberts opened the fourth with a double and scored when Nick Markakis singled to cut the lead to 3-1.

Borbon led off the fifth with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and stayed put when Hamilton walked with two outs. Guerrero then drilled his home run just over the fence in left to make it a 6-1 game.

Baltimore fought its way back into the game in the sixth when Ty Wigginton singled with two outs and scored when Luke Scott followed with a home run to rightfield.

Wigginton led off the ninth with a long ball before Feliz struck out the next three hitters to end the game.

Game Notes

Hamilton finished the series 7-for-14 with two long balls and seven RBI. Andrus extended his hitting streak to 12 games, while Guerrero pushed his to 10 games…Guerrero broke a 17-game homerless drought and had driven in only two runs in 14 games prior to Sunday…Millwood is 0-2 in three career starts against the Rangers…He has never beaten Texas, Minnesota or Atlanta, the team he broke into the big leagues with…Millwood is 1-6 at Camden Yards this season and 5-8 in 19 career starts there…He has allowed at least two runs in the first inning in 12 of his last 16 starts…Andy Pettitte, Jamie Moyer, Livan Hernandez, Tim Wakefield, Jeff Suppan and Javier Vazquez are the only other active pitchers to have made at least 400 starts…Scott’s home run was the 100th of his career…16 of his 24 long balls this season have been hit at home…Orioles pitcher Jason Berken will seek a second opinion on his injured right throwing shoulder…He is scheduled to see Dr. David Altchek on Tuesday in New York after an MRI on Monday showed a slight tear in his labrum as well as rotator cuff inflammation.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.