texas

Hamels Strikes Out 10, Rangers Beat Orioles

86794881
Getty Images

Cole Hamels delivered his best performance yet for the Texas Rangers, striking out 10 in eight innings Friday night during a 4-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Star outfielder Adam Jones started for the Orioles, a day after he ran into a wall and was forced to leave, but Baltimore lost for the eighth time in nine games.

Jones went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts, one coming with the bases loaded in the third inning.

Hamels (2-1) gave up one run and two hits. Acquired from Philadelphia shortly before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the three-time All-Star won for the first time at home after a pair of no-decisions.

The left-hander had pitched a no-hitter in his final start for the Phillies.

Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 27th save in 29 chances.

Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Gimenez hit solo home runs for Texas.

Kevin Gausman (2-6) allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. He has made 11 starts this season, beginning in late June, with one win.

Hamels gave up a second-inning single to Matt Wieters and a third-inning double to Paul Janish, the latter followed by three walks that scored Baltimore's run.

Following the bases-loaded walk to Chris Davis, Hamels retired the next 14 batters.

In five starts for Texas since the trade, Hamels has a 3.89 ERA. He had a 3.64 ERA in 20 starts for the Phillies.

Gimenez's home run in the fifth inning was his career-high fourth of the season, all coming in his last 11 games since his recall from Triple-A Round Rock. He hit six homers in 185 games over parts of six seasons before this year.

Choo homered in the fourth inning and drove in a run in the fifth on an infield out. He has reached base safely in all 32 starts he's made since the All-Star break.

Orioles outfielder Dariel Alvarez made his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day. The Cuban went 0 for 3.

In the second inning, Alvarez ran down a sinking liner hit by Elvis Andrus and threw home to nab Adrian Beltre to complete a double play.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy (groin) rejoined the team while on the disabled list through Sept. 8. He'll go through light workouts before swinging a bat or running.

Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton (sore left knee) took batting practice. He's eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, the day before rosters are expanded.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-8) has lasted six innings in one of five August starts.

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (1-3) will pitch on eight days' rest. In his seven starts since being activated in mid-July following Tommy John surgery, Perez hasn't allowed a home run in 37 1-3 innings.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us