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Moreland Hits 2 HRs to Lead Rangers Past Orioles

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Adrian Beltre #29 after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 30, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Texas won the game 8-6. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

    Mitch Moreland hit two home runs in a second straight game, and the Texas Rangers celebrated the return of Josh Hamilton by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 on Tuesday night.

    Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Chirinos also went deep for the Rangers, who have hit eight home runs in the first two games of the series.

    Moreland homered with a man on in the second and eighth innings. It's the eighth time in club history that a player has hit multiple home runs in consecutive games.

    He leads Texas with 14 home runs and ranks second with 43 RBIs.

    Hamilton hit two singles and made a nice running catch of a sinking liner to left field in his eighth game of the season. The free-swinging slugger was sidelined since May 31 with a strained left hamstring.

    Chris Davis hit two home runs for Baltimore and Manny Machado added a solo shot. The Orioles have lost two straight following a four-game winning streak.

    Colby Lewis (8-3) allowed five runs, three earned, and six hits over six innings to improve to 4-0 in six starts since May 27.

    Shawn Tolleson gave up a run in the ninth but picked up his 11th save.

    Miguel Gonzalez (6-5) surrendered six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, including a career-high tying three homers. The six runs were the most he allowed since April 4, 2014, when he gave up seven to Detroit.

    The Orioles jumped in front in the first inning when Texas second baseman Rougned Odor fumbled a two-out grounder and Davis homered to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

    Moreland tied it in the second with a drive to right after a welcome-back single by Hamilton.
    Texas went up 4-2 in the third when Prince Fielder singled in a run and Odor scored on a double-play grounder. Davis made it 4-4 in the bottom half with another drive to center following a two-out single by Adam Jones.

    The long-ball barrage resumed in the fifth, when Chirinos led off with a homer and Choo connected on an 0-2 pitch.

    Machado hit his 15th home run in the bottom half to get Baltimore to 6-5. Moreland's drive off Chaz Roe in the eighth gave him his seventh career multihomer game.

    TRAINERS ROOM

    Rangers: LHP Derek Holland, who injured his left shoulder in the opener and has not pitched since, is expected to undergo another MRI this week. If there are no problems, he can begin throwing off the mound.

    Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop (knee) is ready to return from the DL but will finish up his rehab stint with Class A Frederick before the Orioles make a move at the end of the week.

    ON DECK

    Rangers: RHP Nick Martinez (5-4, 3.39 ERA) pitches in the third game of the series Wednesday night. He gave up a career-high nine runs in his last start vs. Toronto.

    Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (3-4, 2.90) starts for Baltimore, looking to improve his 4-0 lifetime record against Texas.

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