- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (AP) - Aubrey Huff went 4-for-5 with three of Baltimore’s seven RBI singles, enough bloops for the Orioles to beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 Monday night.

Baltimore went ahead to stay and chased Vicente Padilla (1-1) with five consecutive run-producing hits in the fourth inning that made it 7-4.

Chris Davis, Michael Young and Andruw Jones all hit their first homers of the season for Texas, which has lost four consecutive games after its first 3-0 start since 1996.

Koji Uehara (2-0), Baltimore’s first Japanese-born player, gave up seven runs while pitching into the sixth in his second start.

George Sherrill got his third save in three chances after allowing a ninth-inning leadoff double to Ian Kinsler and a long flyball to Young.

Right fielder Nick Markakis made a running catch to get Young’s ball, slamming so hard into the wall that he knocked the bullpen gate open. Kinsler was already running and had to scramble back to second, and wasn’t in position to try to score when Josh Hamilton followed with a flyball to center. Jones walked before Marlon Byrd struck out to end the game.

Young’s two-run shot onto the grassy hill in center put the Rangers up 4-2 in the third, an inning after Davis hit a 423-foot solo homer into the second deck of seats in right field.

But Padilla walked the leadoff hitter in the fourth before Felix Pie singled. After a popout, Brian Roberts’ RBI single was the first of five consecutive hits. Adam Jones’ RBI double tied the game at 4, before Markakis, Huff and Ty Wigginton followed with run-scoring singles.

Pie led off the fifth with a solo homer, and the Orioles were up 10-4 after Huff and Wigginton had consecutive RBI singles for the second inning in a row.

The Orioles had 16 hits, including three each for Roberts and Pie.

Davis, inserted into the lineup about 20 minutes before the game because Hank Blalock had a stiff neck, snapped an 0-for-17 slump with his homer and finished 3-for-4. He had only one in 22 at-bats the first six games.

Uehara, who came to Baltimore after being an All-Star nine of his 10 seasons in Japan, left after loading the bases with no outs in the sixth. He struck out three and walked four. The right-hander won his major league debut Wednesday against the New York Yankees when he allowed one run over five innings.

Davis greeted reliever Danys Baez with an RBI single before consecutive groundouts produced runs.

Texas pulled to 10-9 in the seventh on a two-run homer by Jones, his first homer in the American League and the 372nd of his career.

Jones, a five-time All-Star for Atlanta who hit only .158 with three home runs last season in his only year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, came to spring training with Texas on a minor league deal and made the team as a fifth outfielder and part-time designated hitter. This was his second game, both as the DH.

Padilla, in the final year of his three-year deal with Texas, gave up 11 hits and seven runs over 3 1-3 innings.

Notes: Baltimore played its first game away from Camden Yards and showed off its new road jerseys. The new tops feature “Baltimore” in script across the chest. That replaces the script “Orioles” that had been on the front since 1973. … Blalock, now primarily the DH, was supposed to get his first start in the field. He was going to be at first base. … Orioles 3B Melvin Mora was held out of the lineup because of a strained hamstring.

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