Play it again -- Rangers 3, Orioles 2

September 22, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

SANTOS GETS HELP

Orioles starter Victor Santos had allowed a home run in the fourth to Nelson Cruz, who gave the Texas Rangers a 3-1 lead. Later in the inning, the bases were loaded for Michael Young. However, Santos got out of the jam because of second baseman Brian Roberts. He made a diving catch on Young's liner and threw to shortstop Miguel Tejada to double up Ian Kinsler. However, the Orioles couldn't prevent Santos from taking the loss. With the score 3-2, the Orioles had runners on first and third with one out. However, Paul Bako struck out and Melvin Mora was thrown out trying to steal second to end the game.

TEJADA ENDS DROUGHT

When Tejada slammed a career-high 10 home runs in August, he temporarily silenced the questions about his sagging power numbers. However, he entered last night in the midst of another home run drought. He hadn't homered in 18 September games when he stepped to the plate in the second inning and lined an opposite-field home run off Luis Mendoza. It was Tejada's 18th home run of the season, but his first since Aug. 31. With two more homers, Tejada will join Cal Ripken Jr. as the only other shortstop with nine straight 20 home run seasons.

WATCH OUT

A night after left fielder Freddie Bynum had a fly ball deflect off his glove and hit him in the face, third baseman Mora nearly suffered the same fate. With Sammy Sosa on first in the second inning, Marlon Byrd lined a double down the left-field line. Third base coach Don Wakamatsu waved Sosa home, but he slowed up after rounding the bag. Tejada, the cutoff man, saw that Sosa was hung up between third and home. Mora thought Tejada was throwing the ball home, turning his back as Tejada flipped the ball toward him. Luckily for Mora, the ball hit him in the arm and not the face.

ON DECK

Rookie right-hander Radhames Liz (0-2, 7.71) will make his fourth start this season, against Rangers right-hander Edinson Volquez (2-1, 3.52) tonight. In three starts spanning 10 2/3 innings, Liz has allowed 11 earned runs, 14 hits and eight walks. In three relief appearances spanning 3 1/3 innings, Liz has surrendered one earned run, two hits and five walks. Volquez has gone at least five innings in all of his four starts, allowing three or fewer earned runs in three of them.

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