BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 03: Pitcher Scott Baker #25 of the Texas Rangers throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 3, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
It'd been a good while since Scott Baker picked up his last big-league win, which came in 2011 when he was a starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins.
Now a long-relief/spot starter for the Texas Rangers, Baker hasn't been a good luck charm for the Rangers this year. It's not terribly odd for a long reliever not to pitch in many of his team's wins, but Baker's streak entering Tuesday's game was pretty nuts.
He'd pitched in 20 games for the Rangers this year, and the Rangers lost every single one of them.
On Tuesday night, Baker came in to start the 13th inning of a 2-2 game and worked two innings before Adam Rosales drew his bases-loaded, walk-off walk in the bottom of the 14th inning to give Baker his first win in more than three years.
“In a way, it’s just a stat,” Baker told reporters. “But to win a game in the big leagues means something. I’m very happy. It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time sometimes. That was the case tonight.”
In Baker's 21 games this year, four of which were starts, he's now 1-3 with a 5.75 ERA.