- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (AP) - Adam Jones hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Baltimore Orioles held on to hand the Texas Rangers their fifth straight loss, 7-5 on Tuesday night.

With the score tied at 3, Brian Roberts singled with one out in the 10th off Eddie Guardado (0-1). Jones, who had three RBIs, followed with his first homer of the season into the Baltimore bullpen in left-center.

Luke Scott added a two-run double later in the four-run 10th as the Orioles batted around to make it 7-3.

Jim Johnson (1-0) threw two innings of one-hit relief.

Guardado allowed four runs and four hits while getting just two outs.

Texas rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th against George Sherrill on Ian Kinsler’s run-scoring single and Josh Hamilton’s RBI groundout to make it 7-5.

But Sherrill got Nelson Cruz to fly out with runners on first and third to end it.

Aubrey Huff and Scott had solo homers for Baltimore, which has won four of five.

Michael Young, Cruz and Chris Davis hit solo homers for Texas.

Rangers starter Brandon McCarthy allowed three runs and five hits over six innings, giving the pitching staff a lift after the Rangers had given up 35 runs in their previous four games.

C.J. Wilson came on in relief of McCarthy in his first appearance since giving up six runs in the eighth inning Sunday while the Detroit Tigers were rallying for a 6-4 victory. Wilson was a lot sharper, shutting out the Orioles in 1 2-3 innings. Closer Frank Francisco added 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief for Texas.

Orioles rookie starter Alfredo Simon left the game in the second inning with a right elbow problem after giving up homers to Young, Cruz and Davis.

Simon, making his third career start and second this season, went to a 1-1 count on Jarrod Saltalamacchia with one out in the second before manager Dave Trembley and a team trainer hustled to the mound to check on the right-hander.

Simon, who gave up five homers over 6 1-3 innings in his first two outings this season, was replaced by right-hander Dennis Sarfate, who pitched 3 1-3 innings of one-hit relief.

Notes: Simon is set to fly to Baltimore on Wednesday to have his elbow evaluated. … Rangers manager Ron Washington said he’ll stay with a five-man rotation despite an off-day on Thursday, meaning No. 5 starter Matt Harrison will make his second start of the season Friday night at home against Kansas City. … Baltimore 3B Melvin Mora missed his second straight game with a strained hamstring and is expected to be placed on the 15-day DL. The hamstring has been an issue since spring training and was aggravated while running out a groundball Sunday. … The Rangers are scheduled for an afternoon home game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 20 and the Dallas Cowboys will open their new stadium against the New York Giants that night, creating the potential for massive traffic problems because the teams share parking facilities. Rangers vice president John Blake said the Rangers would probably reschedule their game, most likely as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sept. 19. … Sarfate and Huff collided near the Rangers dugout while Huff was making a running catch of a popup for the final out of the third inning. Sarfate was down for a few seconds but was OK.

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