Making great plays on offense and defense, Texas Rangers second baseman Roughned Odor led a 6-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Thursday in the first of a seven-game homestand.
The Rangers trailed 3-2 in the sixth after starting pitcher Cole Hamels departed in the top half of the inning. Five straight hitters reached base against Orioles starter Chris Tillman, giving Texas a 5-3 lead.
Odor broke the tie with a two-run double — an opposite-field hit into the corner at left. Two innings later, he gloved a Matt Wieters line drive on one bounce and started a double play to close the inning and keep Texas ahead.
The five-run sixth also included RBI hits by first baseman Mitch Moreland, left fielder Ian Desmond and rookie right fielder Nomar Mazar, still on a career-opening hot streak.
The series continues Friday with Martin Perez (0-1) taking the mound for Texas against Vance Worley (0-0) of Baltimore.