In the seventh inning, Erik Bedard's quest to win his ninth straight decision became an afterthought to his run at Mike Mussina's single-season Orioles strikeout record. After Bedard recorded his 10th strikeout of the game against Sammy Sosa, putting him one behind the 218 batters Mussina struck out in 1997, fans cheered each time Bedard got two strikes on a hitter. He struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a 93 mph fastball to tie the record and get the final out of the seventh.
Tejada goes deep
The Orioles jumped on Texas starter Vicente Padilla in the first inning, scoring three times, twice on one swing. Nick Markakis plated the first run with an RBI infield single that scored Brian Roberts, who had led off the game with a double. Miguel Tejada then launched a two-run home run into the Orioles bullpen. It was his 12th of the season, and it gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead. Tejada finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs.
With a fifth-inning RBI double that scored Miguel Tejada, Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar extended his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 47. Millar eclipsed Cal Ripken's 1998 streak of 46 straight games and moved into second place on the franchise's all-time list. Millar, who began the streak June 20, is just two games shy of tying Ken Singleton's franchise record of 49, set in 1977. He would tie it if he reaches in both games of today's doubleheader.
Monday's rainout forces the Orioles and Rangers to play a doubleheader tonight, starting at 5:05. In Game 1, Orioles right-hander Daniel Cabrera (9-12, 4.93) will oppose Texas left-hander Kason Gabbard (5-1, 3.56). Cabrera is 1-5 with a 5.73 ERA in seven career starts against Texas. In Game 2, Orioles rookie Garrett Olson (1-2, 6.38) will take the mound against Texas left-hander John Rheinecker (1-1, 5.82).