Rangers 7, Orioles 6
-- Kevin Mench's line-drive single in the 10th inning Wednesday rallied the Rangers past Baltimore, 7-6, ending the Orioles' four-game winning streak.
The Orioles carried a 6-3 advantage into the ninth with Jorge Julio, the team's former closer, on the mound trying for his first save of the season.
But the Rangers tied the score at 6-6 on pinch hitter Hank Blalock's RBI double and pinch hitter David Dellucci's two-run home run.
Baltimore interim manager Sam Perlozzo was not pleased that Julio issued a walk to Mark DeRosa, who scored on Blalock's double. Perlozzo also questioned the high-and-outside fastball Julio threw to Dellucci that he hit for a homer.
"Nobody's perfect in baseball," Julio said. "I want to help the team. I'm trying to do my job. It's been a bad year for me this year."
Julio, who had 22 saves for Baltimore last season, was on the mound because the regular closer, B.J. Ryan, got the day off after saving the previous four games.
Mark Teixeira led off the 10th with a double against Jason Grimsley (1-2). Alfonso Soriano was intentionally walked, bringing Mench to the plate.
After he fouled off a bunt attempt, he was told not to bunt by third base coach Steve Smith. Mench fouled off another pitch, then singled to left to score Teixeira.
The homers by Dellucci and Soriano, who hit his 34th in the fourth inning, gave the Rangers 145 at home, tying the AL record set last season by the Chicago White Sox.
Texas, which leads the majors with 245 homers overall, is four shy of the big league record in a home park set by Colorado in 1996.
Seattle set the overall major league mark of 264 home runs in 1997.
Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro watched some of the game from a luxury suite. Palmeiro has been at his offseason home in nearby Colleyville rehabilitating ankle and knee injuries.
He has not played since Aug. 30.
Palmeiro was not available to reporters, but he spoke by phone with Orioles spokesman Bill Stetka. "He just wanted to be here to show his support for his teammates," Stetka said.