Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Chris Davis and Brian Roberts each cracked
solo homers and Miguel Gonzalez spun 6 2/3 strong innings to guide the
Baltimore Orioles to a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
Gonzalez (7-3) scattered four hits and two walks to pick up his first win
since June 27.
Nate McLouth added an RBI single and Matt Wieters had two hits and scored a
run for the Orioles, who won the final two games to split the four-game
Ian Kinsler hit a solo homer to provide the lone run for the Rangers, who had
won five of six prior to losing the final two games of this set.
Ross Wolf (1-2) was tagged with the loss after surrendering two runs on three
hits -- two homers -- over six frames.
"We're a tough team, it doesn't matter who were playing. We're definitely one
of the best teams in the big leagues. To split the series after winning the
first two is not how we wanted to end up," Kinsler said.
Earlier on Thursday, the Rangers placed All-Star starter Yu Darvish on the 15-
day disabled list with a strained trapezius in his right shoulder.
Davis clubbed his 34th homer of the season in the second inning, and Roberts
added his solo shot in the third to give the O's an early 2-0 lead.
Kinsler's solo blast in the sixth got the Rangers on the board.
The Rangers put a runner on second with no outs in the eighth inning, but
Darren O'Day retired the next three hitters in order to preserve the lead.
With two on and two out in the eighth, McLouth belted a single to center field
to score Wieters to give Baltimore a 3-1 edge.
Jim Johnson gave up a leadoff single to Adrian Beltre, but got A.J. Pierzynski
to ground into a double play. Mitch Moreland followed with a two-out base hit
to bring the tying run to the plate, but Jurickson Profar grounded out to end
the game. It was Johnson's 31st save of the season.
"Overall, I think both teams played a good game. Wolf kept his team in the
game," Gonzalez said.
Davis leads the majors with his 34 home runs ... Of Davis' 103 hits, 60 have
gone for extra bases ... The last time Baltimore (51-42) had 51 wins before
the All-Star break was 1997 (55-30) ... Beltre extended his hitting streak to
13 games ... Tampa Bay's Matt Moore will replace Darvish in the All-Star Game.