Rangers 4, Orioles 3
Rod Barajas homered and drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly, and the Texas Rangers extended the Baltimore Orioles' season-high losing streak to 12 games with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.
David Dellucci also homered for the Rangers, who have won 12 of their last 15 to remain in the AL West and wild-card races.
With the game tied at 3 in the seventh, Texas loaded the bases against B.J. Ryan (3-5) when Laynce Nix walked, Kevin Mench singled, and Gary Matthews Jr. was walked intentionally.
Barajas followed by lofting a fly ball to left field, and Nix scored easily to give the Rangers their first lead.
"[Ryan] made some good pitches when all I could do was fight them off," Barajas said. "He came after me with fastballs until I was able to get something I was able to handle."
Nix's at-bat was also important, as he fouled off three full-count pitches before drawing the walk.
"B.J.'s been tough all season," Nix said. "I was just trying to grind out an at-bat. I made him throw some pitches."
Frank Francisco (5-1) allowed one hit in 11/3 innings of relief for the win. Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 41st save in 43 chances -- and 21st in a row.
Miguel Tejada hit a two-run homer for Baltimore and increased his major league-leading RBI total to 118, but the Orioles lost their second in a row to Texas after winning the previous nine meetings.
The Orioles' 12-game skid is their longest since losing the final 12 of the 2002 season, the third-longest streak in club history. Baltimore's longest stretch of consecutive losses was 21 to start the 1988 season.
"When guys are down, you have to find a way to contribute within yourself and not put all the weight on your shoulders, which is human nature," Orioles Manager Lee Mazzilli said.
Rangers starter Kenny Rogers left with the game tied at 3 after allowing three runs and six hits in 62/3 innings. He struck out a season-high eight and walked three. He remained two victories short of matching his career high of 17 wins.
Baltimore's Rodrigo Lopez also turned in a strong start, giving up three runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Tejada's two-run shot in the first -- his third against Texas this year -- gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead, but Dellucci led off the bottom of the inning with a homer.
In the third, the Orioles made it 3-1 when David Newhan tripled and scored on Luis Lopez's groundout, but Texas cut the deficit to one in the third on Barajas's homer.
Texas tied it at 3 in the sixth on Mark Teixeira's RBI single.
Javy Lopez was in the lineup at designated hitter for Baltimore after missing three of the previous four games due to lower back spasms. Rafael Palmeiro, stuck in a 4-for-35 slump, wasn't in Baltimore's starting lineup. He flied out as a pinch hitter in the ninth to end the game.