- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 28, 2004

ARLINGTON, Texas — John Wasdin pitched six strong innings in his return from the minors, and the Texas Rangers handed Baltimore its 11th consecutive loss by beating the Orioles 6-4 last night.

Eric Young reached base in all four plate appearances, with two walks and two singles. He stole a base, scored Texas’ first run and drove in the last two.

With their 11th win in 14 games, the Rangers remained two games behind Boston in the American League wild card race. They also beat the Orioles for the first time in 10 tries.

Miguel Tejada went 3-for-5, including his 25th homer, in Baltimore’s latest loss. The season-long losing streak follows a stretch in which the Orioles won 11 of 13, including a four-game home sweep of Texas.

Rafael Palmeiro was 1-for-3 with a walk in his first game against the team with which he wanted to end his career. Last winter the Rangers declined to offer salary arbitration to the slugger, who hit his 500th homer last year.

Wasdin (2-2) was recalled earlier in the day from Class AAA Oklahoma to take the spot of Scott Erickson, who was designated for assignment. Wasdin allowed two runs and four hits with four strikeouts in his first start with the Rangers since July25.

Francisco Cordero worked the ninth for his 40th save in 42 chances and 20th in a row, breaking his own team record. He retired Tejada on a routine fly with runners at the corners to end it.

Cordero became the first Rangers reliever to reach 40 saves since John Wetteland had 43 in 1999, the last time Texas made the playoffs. Tom Henke also had 40 saves for Texas in 1993, and Wetteland had 42 in 1998.

The Rangers went ahead to stay in the fourth when Alfonso Soriano scored on rookie Eric Bedard’s wild pitch. Soriano led off the inning with a single before consecutive doubles by Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench. The second made it 3-1.

Bedard (5-9) gave up six runs, seven hits and four walks in 51/3 innings. He threw two wild pitches.

Young walked to start the Texas first and stole second, going to third on catcher Robert Machado’s throwing error. He scored on Soriano’s sacrifice fly.

Baltimore tied the game on Tejada’s RBI single in the fourth.

After Tejada’s solo homer in the top of the sixth, Young capped a three-run Texas sixth with his two-run single off Todd Williams.

Jay Gibbons’ two-run single in the eighth off Carlos Almanzar got Baltimore, which had won a series-best nine in a row against the Rangers, to 6-4.

Young appeared to have scored another run in the fifth but was called out at home by umpire Kerwin Danley to end the inning. Young tagged from third on Teixeira’s fly to right, and Gibbons made a strong throw. But on the replay it appeared that Young slid across the plate before Machado’s high tag.

When Palmeiro came up for his first at-bat in the second, the crowd responded with a loud but short outburst. He popped out to Teixeira, the first baseman who replaced him, on the second pitch.

With two on in the fourth, Palmeiro had another infield popout. He is 4-for-34 his last 10 games and is hitting a career-low .247 with just 14 homers and 63 RBI.

Palmeiro spent 10 seasons with the Rangers, two five-year stints separated by his five seasons in Baltimore (1994 to 1998). He is Texas’ career leader in games played (1,573), at-bats (5,830) and runs (958).

Notes — Gibbons was 3-for-4, all singles. He had gone just 6-of-42 in his 13 games since coming off the disabled list Aug.10. … Rangers All-Star shortstop Michael Young is 18-for-88 (.205) his last 22 games after going 0-for-4.

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