- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Adrian Beltre’s two home runs weren’t quite enough to make up for two errors by Luis Sardinas in a surprising fill-in role for shortstop Elvis Andrus.

Beltre’s second homer was a three-run shot to pull Texas even before Nick Markakis had a go-ahead single for Baltimore, and the Orioles went on to a 6-5 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sardinas, who bounced back with a career-high three hits, let former Texas slugger Nelson Cruz reach twice on errors in the first three innings, and both miscues led to runs.

“I don’t feel good at all,” Sardinas said. “We’re all here to contribute to the win and I did the contrary.”

Markakis had answers for both of Beltre’s homers, getting a tying homer after the first Beltre blast before his decisive single in the sixth inning.

Chris Davis had put Baltimore up by three with a solo shot against his former team - a night after Cruz did something similar by homering in his first game as an opponent at Texas.

“We’ve have been having good at-bats up there,” Markakis said. “Seems like when they get the ball over the plate, we’ve been getting good swings on it and finding the hole, finding the gap.”

Sardinas, a rookie, dropped a popup with two outs in the first, and Cruz scored on a single by Adam Jones. A throwing error in the third came before another run-scoring single by Jones and a sacrifice fly from J.J. Hardy.

Andrus, a two-time All-Star who wasn’t in the starting lineup for the second time in less than a week, grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and stayed in at shortstop.

Cruz had three singles after Sardinas’ errors.

Bud Norris (4-5) allowed six hits and five runs in five innings for the Orioles, and the bullpen pitched four scoreless innings. Zach Britton earned his fifth save.

Davis, who was traded to the Orioles by Texas in 2011 and led the majors with 53 homers last year, had his eighth this season on a towering shot to right field for a 5-2 lead in the fifth.

Cruz, who chose Baltimore over Texas as a free agent in the offseason and leads the big leagues with 21 home runs, hit a three-run homer in a series-opening win Tuesday.

Markakis hit his fourth homer against rookie starter Nick Martinez (1-2) in the third. The left-handed hitter’s go-ahead single came off Aaron Poreda, a lefty brought in to face him.

“It doesn’t really matter with Nick,” manager Buck Showalter said. “There are so few in baseball that left and right doesn’t matter.”

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