Wrap-up: Rangers 4, Orioles 3

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May 19, 2010|By Steve Gould, The Baltimore Sun

How it happened: Cesar Izturis' had a stellar night, driving in three runs -- half his season total entering the game -- including the tying run on a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning, but he was the only Oriole who was able to do any damage offensively.

Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie turned in a solid outing, giving up just one run on seven hits in six innings, but left after only 90 pitches. He lost his chance for a third straight victory when the Rangers scored two runs off reliever Matt Albers in the seventh inning.

Three other Orioles relievers couldn't get the job done in the ninth inning. Cla Meredith allowed a leadoff double to Michael Young and walked Ian Kinsler before getting Vladimir Guerrero to fly out to center field, keeping the runners at first and second. Alberto Castillo entered for Meredith and walked Josh Hamilton on six pitches. It was then up to Jason Berken, who came in to face Nelson Cruz. The powerful Cruz drove Berken's second pitch deep enough to center to score Young from third, and that was that.

He said it: "That's the hardest I've worked all season. I just remember looking up there after the third inning to see where I'm at, and it just felt like I had thrown much more than I had. It was taxing. Those guys are good hitters, and you get people on base and have to struggle out there and be in the stretch all those pitches. It was a taxing game, for sure."

You said it: "WHY can't/haven't they R-E-L-E-A-S-E albers?!" -- William, commenting on Orioles Insider


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