Orioles-Rangers: Baltimore earns first four-game home sweep since 2008


Steve Pearce had four hits for the Orioles, who moved a season-high seven games over .500 with a win over the Rangers. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
July 3

Life has been so charmed for the Baltimore Orioles in the past few days that on Thursday they chased one of baseball’s best pitchers with a weather report.

They followed that up with a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers without hitting one longball — the Orioles’ first homerless victory since April 26 — to secure a four-game sweep at Camden Yards for the first time since 2008.

The offense was paced by a career-best, four-hit effort from a guy they released in April, allowing the Orioles to improve to 4-0 while playing one hitter short because of Manny Machado’s five-game suspension.

There’s no truth to the rumor the entire Orioles’ team ran with scissors on their way to the charter plane that took them to Boston early Friday morning.

You couldn’t blame them for tempting fate, though, after finishing off a sweep Thursday with a game that seemingly wasn’t supposed to be played. Weather reports all day pointed toward constant rain all night; the first pitch was delayed for 56 minutes.

In fact, the Rangers didn’t receive word they would be playing until about 7:30 p.m., and fearing they would have only a brief window before the rain came pouring again, they decided to scratch their ace, Yu Darvish, and save him for Friday night against the New York Mets.

The Orioles (46-39) are now seven games over .500 for the first time this season as they head to Fenway Park for a three-game series against the Red Sox that begins Friday afternoon.

Perhaps it would have been different if Darvish had started instead of Scott Baker, who had a 5.80 ERA in 11 previous games. Baker (0-2) did his part for a while. He kept the Orioles off the board until the third when Steve Pearce singled home Nick Hundley to break a scoreless tie. It was Pearce’s second hit of the evening, giving him 12 multi-hit games in his last 22 contests.

Pearce kept it going in the fifth with a RBI double that gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead and then singled and scored in the seventh. The four hits set a career high for Pearce, who is 23 for 59 (.390 average) with six homers and eight doubles in his past 15 games.

— Baltimore Sun

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