Orioles Bats Quiet in 3-0 Loss

The Birds were looking to win their third consecutive series of the season but their bats did not show up.

The Orioles were looking to win the first three series of the season, but dropped the rubber match 3-0 to Texas. Pitchers dominated the game with Derek Holland (2-0) getting the win and Jeremy Guthrie (1-1), the loss.

In the top of the fourth, Adrian Beltre hit a solo shot off Jeremy Guthrie to give the Rangers the lead. Ian Kinsler added two more runs on a homer after Yorvit Torreabla blooped a single to right field.

The O's managed ¬¬six hits, leaving 11 runners on base. Seven of those runners were in scoring position. Texas left six on, three in scoring position, and got seven hits.

Guthrie went six innings, allowing one run on four hits. He recorded one strike out and one walk. His ERA remains below one at 0.64. Guthrie threw 84 pitches, 49 for strikes. Jim Johnson worked an inning, giving up two runs and two hits.

Mike Gonzalez threw the eighth inning, sitting the side down in order. Kevin Gregg finished the game for the Birds. He gave up a lead-off walk to Mitch Moreland before getting Torrealba to ground into a double play. He gave up a walk to Andres Blanco and finally got the third out on a Julio Borbon fly out.

Holland matched Guthrie's six innings, giving up five hits, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch on 110 pitches. He struck out six. Darren Oliver came on for one inning of relief in the seventh to retire the side in order. Darren O'Day worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up back-to-back walks to Mark Reynolds and Adam Jones.

Closer Neftali Feliz took the mound for four outs. He gave up a single to Felix Pie before getting the save.

Vladimir Guerrero continued his hitting surge, going 2-4 with a single and a double. He is 8 for 21 in the last five games with a homerun. Derrek Lee went 2-3 with a walk, a single, and a double.

J.J. Hardy is likely headed to the DL for a strained oblique muscle after being taken out of yesterday's second game of the double header. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.

After last night's 13-1 loss, the team ERA jumped from 2.00 to 3.38 with the starting pitchers' ERA increasing to 3.18 from 1.71. The Orioles have scored one run in the last 18 innings.

With an off day tomorrow, the Orioles head to New York to taken on the Yankees. Chris Tillman (0-0) is scheduled to get the start against A.J. Burnett (2-0) on Tuesday.

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