Andy Ibanez hit a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers avoided their 100th loss in at least 24 hours by beating the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 Sunday for a four-game split.
Adolis Garcia had two hits and ran in a race for Texas. He set a club rookie record with 256 bases in total.
Rangers finished 24-57 away, their lowest winning percentage at home since they were 22-59 in 1973.
“We’ve had our fights, and we’ve obviously had some tough road trips,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “If we have to fight during the season, we have to play better away from home.”
Anthony Santander and Pedro Severino homaged for the Orioles, who went 4-3 against Rangers and won their first season series against them since 2017.
Baltimore fell to an AL worst 50-106, competing with Arizona for the top pick in next year’s amateur draft, and is 176-364 over the last four seasons.
Rangers substitute Jharel Cotton (2-0) allowed a stroke in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
After Severino hit a two-run homer off Kolby Allard in the ninth and went Jahmai Jones with two outs, Joe Barlow beat our Ryan McKenna for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Ibanez gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the fourth with a two-run homer from left-hander John Means (6-8) that allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings with eight strikeouts. He threw 108 places, his second most of the season.
“It was not a very sharp excursion,” Means said. “I did not make it. The change was good early, but I lost it late.”
Santander’s two-run homer equalized in the bottom half of Dane Dunning, making his fourth appearance and second start since being reinstated from the COVID-19 injury list on September 10th. Dunning allowed two runs and a career-high five times 4 2/3 innings.
“I was not as efficient today as I used to be, but we are definitely heading in the right direction,” Dunning said.
Texas took the lead in the fifth on an RBI double by Garcia who hit a starting double in the fifth. Leody Taveras started the seventh with a single from Eric Hanhold, stole the second and scored on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s single.
Willie Calhoun greeted Fernando Abad with a triple in two races with two outs in eighth and scored on Charlie Culberson’s single.
“The Orioles did not switch me to this series at all, which means a lot to me because it says I can use the entire field,” Calhoun said.
Baltimore’s Austin Hays were 0 for 3 with a walk, ending an 11-game hitting streak.
Garcia is the eighth rookie in MLB history to have at least 30 homers, 80 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in a single season. The first seven players to achieve this feat won Rookie of the Year awards.
Orioles: RHP Chris Ellis left the game Saturday night with shoulder pain. Ellis also got his start pushed back from Tuesday due to arm fatigue. Manager Brandon Hyde said Ellis could be shut down for the season. … OF Cedric Mullins was kept out of the lineup for the second day in a row with tightness in the femur, but hit a forceout like a pinch in the seventh.
Rangers: RHP AJ Alexy (2-1, 5.00 ERA) is due to start Tuesday at home against the Angels. Alexy has allowed 10 runs and 10 walks with a 12.86 ERA over her last two excursions (7 innings).
Orioles: LHP Bruce Zimmermann (4-4, 4.83 ERA) will start Tuesday against the Red Sox. Zimmermann has not lined up for the Orioles since June 13 due to an ankle injury.
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