- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 28, 2009

BALTIMORE | Michael Young homered, David Murphy broke a tie with a two-run single in the sixth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Monday night.

Matt Harrison (1-2) gave up four runs in the first two innings, then retired 16 straight batters before Robert Andino hit a two-out single in the seventh. The left-hander allowed seven hits in seven innings to earn his first win in four starts.

“The night definitely belongs to Matt Harrison,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “They got four off him in the first two innings, and he settled down, kept the team in it, gave us a chance to come back.”

Texas trailed 4-0 after the second before coming back against starter Jeremy Guthrie and Matt Albers (0-1). The Rangers took three of four from the Orioles to hand Baltimore its first home series loss.

Texas got its first run back in the fourth when Hank Blalock doubled and scored on a single by Marlon Byrd. Young hit his sixth homer in the fifth after Murphy hit a two-out single.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley then asked Albers to preserve the lead in the sixth.

“At that point in time, it was critical to put a zero up right then and there to change the momentum back on our side,” Trembley said. “It didn’t happen.”

Albers allowed five of the seven batters he faced to reach base. Blalock singled and Chris Davis walked before Taylor Teagarden hit an RBI single. Ian Kinsler drew a two-out walk before Murphy lined a single to center.

Frank Francisco worked the ninth to earn his fifth save and third in the series. Francisco got two straight outs, then hit Lou Montanez with a pitch and gave up a single to Gregg Zaun before striking out Andino on a 3-2 pitch.

Guthrie allowed three runs, six hits and a walk in five innings. He threw 101 pitches, including 37 in the first.

“It definitely wore on me a little bit,” Guthrie said of the long first inning. “But I got through it and had a couple of nice innings after it. They just put some nice at-bats together in the fourth and fifth.”

Guthrie needed 21 pitches to retire the first two batters and had 15 pitches fouled off in the first inning. In the bottom half, Aubrey Huff singled in a run for a 1-0 lead.

Andino hit an RBI single and Brian Roberts singled in two runs to make it 4-0 in the second, but that would be the extent of the Baltimore offense.


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