Dan Ford doubled across a run in the 10th inning tonight and the Baltimore Orioles went on to a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. It was Mike Flanagan's first win since he suffered a knee injury on May 17.
The Orioles fell to second place, a half-game behind Milwaukee in the American League East Division race, after the Brewers won two games from Boston.
Ford's game-winner came off Ranger reliever Odell Jones (3-5), who had walked pinch hitter Joe Nolan to start the inning. Cal Ripken's fourth hit of the night, a single off Dave Schmidt, scored Ford.
Flanagan, who went nine innings and gave up 10 hits, got relief help for the final three outs in the 10th inning from Tim Stoddard, who earned his seventh save of the season.
Flanagan (7-2) was making his third start since he suffered ligament damage to his left knee, but had lost the two previous outings.
"This gets me back on the right track, it's nice to be back," said Flanagan, who pitches with a four-pound brace on his knee. "Initially, I thought I might not pitch again this season. It was like taking the winter off and then trying to pick it back up without spring training."
The Rangers had taken a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning when leadoff batter Wayne Tolleson homered.
The Orioles ended a 16-inning scoreless streak against Texas with two runs that chased Rangers starter Frank Tanana in the sixth. Ripken and Eddie Murray singled with one out. Rangers second baseman Bill Stein then allowed Ripken to score when he threw a double play relay toss into the dugout after Gary Roenicke had grounded to shortstop Tolleson. Ken Singleton then doubled Roenicke home.
Texas tied it, 2-2, in the sixth on a double by George Wright off the glove of third baseman Todd Cruz and a triple by Billy Sample.