A 5-1 Texas Rangers lead in the seventh inning was obliterated by the Baltimore Orioles, who scored nine runs on four homers and won 11-5 Friday night. Designated hitter Mark Trumbo hit two of those home runs, becoming the first Oriole to ever achieve that feat. It’s the first two-homer inning by a hitter in Major League Baseball since 2013.
Trumbo knocked Rangers starter Martin Perez out of the game with a two-run, no-out, 432-foot homer. Second baseman Johnathan Schoop and right fielder Nolan Reimold got back-to-back homers off reliever Tom Wilhelmsen. Trumbo came back as the 11th batter of the inning with two outs and hit another 432-foot homer, scoring two more.
The Rangers scored five in the second inning. After first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a home run, two walks and a single loaded the bases. Catcher Bryan Holaday was hit by a pitch to bring in a run, center fielder Delino DeShields singled to score two and right fielder Nomar Mazar hit a sacrifice fly.
Wilhelmsen (1-1) took the loss. The Rangers drop back to .500 at 6-6.
Next, Texas starts Colby Lewis (1-0) against former Ranger Yovani Gallardo (1-0). Gallardo attended Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth and lives in the city. After he was acquired by Texas in a 2015 trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for pitcher Corey Knebel, infielder Luis Sardiñas and minor league pitcher Marcos Diplan, Gallardo turned down a $15.8 million offer during the off-season from Texas and inked a $22 million deal with Baltimore.