Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis robs the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre of a home run in the fourth inning. Markakis also doubled home a run in the Orioles’ 3-1 victory. (Michael Prengler/Associated Press)

The Orioles had lost 12 of the previous 16 times they had played at Texas, but coming out of the all-star break, Baltimore began the season’s unofficial second half with a gritty 3-1 win over the Rangers in front of an announced crowd of 40,068.

It was a victory that showed the Orioles are ready to resume their pursuit of a second straight postseason berth. The win moved Baltimore (54-43) 21 / 2 games ahead of the New York Yankees for third place in the American League East. The Orioles remain 41 / 2 games back of the division-leading Boston Red Sox and two games behind the second-place Tampa Bay Rays.

It was Manager Buck Showalter’s 250th win with the Orioles, making him the fourth manager to win at least 250 games with four different teams. He joins Joe Torre, Gene Mauch and Dick Williams in that elite group.

Wei-Yin Chen (5-3) overcame some mid-inning hurdles to toss his second quality start since returning from the disabled list, holding the Rangers to one run and striking out three over 61 / 3 innings for his fifth win in his past six decisions.

Right fielder Nick Markakis doubled home a run and made a tremendous home run-robbing grab in the fourth inning on a flyball off the bat of the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre.

Beltre led off by lifting a towering drive. Markakis tracked it to the warning track, timed a perfect jump and extended his glove over the top of the eight-foot fence to bring the ball back into the park.

Matt Wieters hit his 13th homer of the season — his second in as many games against Texas left-hander Derek Holland (8-5) — a solo shot in the second inning.

— Baltimore Sun