Charlie Hough pitched a two-hitter and Toby Harrah went three for three tonight to lead the Texas Rangers past the Baltimore Orioles, 6-1.
Hough (1-0) struck out eight and retired the last 19 batters he faced to pitch the first complete game of the season for the Rangers.
After the first inning, he allowed Cal Ripken's third-inning infield single and one walk while recording his first career victory against the Orioles.
"I have had a pretty tough time in the past with this ballclub," said Hough. "I had pretty good control and the six runs didn't hurt.
"I felt good. I overthrew a little in the first inning but I felt if we got a couple of runs, we could win. I was happy with the way I pitched."
It was Hough's second outing of the season against Baltimore. On opening day, he pitched six no-hit innings but left the game trailing, 2-1, because of control problems with his knuckle ball.
Harrah's performance made him 16 for 38 this season, a .421 average. He is hitting .500 in his last eight games, but wanted to talk pitching after the game.
"Charlie was tough," Harrah said. "He had really good control. I wouldn't have wanted to face him tonight."
Hough has allowed only five hits and one run in the last 17 1/3 innings. "I am a kind of steady pitcher and I feel I'm pitching better in the early part of the season then I ever have," he said.
The Rangers, in winning their fourth straight game, got to loser Scott McGregor (1-1) for three runs in the first inning.
Harrah opened with a single and scored when Gary Ward tripled off the center field wall. Buddy Bell's sacrifice fly drove in Ward. Larry Parrish made it 3-0 with a home run and Cliff Johnson later doubled as Texas batters hit for the cycle in the inning.
The Rangers chased McGregor in the second with two more runs. Don Slaught led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice. Harrah doubled home Slaught, and Ward followed with an RBI single to knock out McGregor, who had won his six previous decisions against the Rangers. McGregor lasted only 32 pitches, giving up seven hits and five runs.
After Nate Snell shut out the Rangers on one hit for 5 2/3 innings, Pete O'Brien hit his second home run of the season in the eighth off Sammy Stewart.
Baltimore scored its only run in the first when Jim Dwyer opened the game with a double, advanced on Don Slaught's passed ball and scored on Hough's wild pitch.