In a reversal of the previous game between the teams, the Texas Rangers were powered by a big inning late for a comeback win over the Baltimore Orioles Saturday. The Rangers scored six runs in the seventh inning and were victorious 8-4.
Outfielders Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara both contributed three hits for Texas. Mazara, called up from the Rangers’ Triple A affiliate a week ago, has done that twice in seven games so far. The 20-year-old is batting .444 (12-for-27) with a home run, two walks, five RBI, and five runs.
In the seventh, Brett Nicholas scored and DeShields moved to third on a Mazara infield single. A Prince Fielder grounder scored DeShields. First baseman Mitch Moreland hit a deep double to right, scoring third baseman Adrián Béltre. Odor singled to score Moreland and Béltre. Odor reached third on a fielding error by Mark Trumbo, then shortstop Elvis Andrus singled him in to complete the five-run inning and put Texas ahead by four.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis struggled, giving up four earned runs on 10 hits in six innings. Reliever Keone Kela (1-0) got the win, throwing a scoreless seventh with no hits, two strikeouts and a walk. Baltimore reliever T.J. McFarland (0-1) got the loss.
Former Ranger Yovani Gallardo started for Baltimore. He had a 4-2 lead in the seventh before the first two batters reached base and he was taken out by manager Buck Showalter.
The Rangers improve to 7-6. The four-game series ends Sunday. Derek Holland (1-0) takes the mound for Texas against Mike Wright (1-0) for Baltimore.