Hunter seeks to pitch O's to series win over RangersAug 22, 2012 - 2:40 PM
Hunter, who pitched the first three-plus years of his career in Texas before being shipped to Baltimore last season, hasn't won since July 18 and is 4-7 with a 5.49 ERA. Also, his 29 home runs allowed this season are tops in the majors and he has given up one in each of his last 11 starts.
However, he has allowed three runs or less in three consecutive outings, while his ERA is almost two runs lower post All-Star break than it was in the first half.
Hunter lost to the Rangers back on May 10, giving up four runs in six innings.
Baltimore evened this series on Tuesday, as Nate McLouth's two-run homer capped a four-run fifth inning to help the Orioles to a 5-3 win. J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado also knocked in runs for Baltimore, which has won three of its last four games.
Chris Tillman (6-2) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings in the victory. Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth to secure his 38th save of the year.
"These guys have a great lineup and you have to respect that," Tillman said about the Rangers. "Whether you are ahead, behind, winning the game or losing the game, I think these guys all deserve respect. You have got to pitch them tough."
Scott Feldman (6-9) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and a walk through five innings for Texas, which had its three-game win streak stopped.
Ian Kinsler and Geovany Soto each homered in a losing effort.
Getting the call for the Rangers on Wednesday will be righty Derek Holland, who is 7-6 with a 4.98 ERA. Holland did not get a decision on Thursday against the New York Yankees, as he allowed five runs (4 earned) and five hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 10-6 win.
Like Hunter, Holland has had a penchant for serving up the long ball. His 23 HRs allowed are tied for seventh most in the league and 12 of those have come in his last eight starts spanning 54 innings.
Holland beat the O's the last time he faced them and is 2-1 in four games (3 starts) against them with a 3.44 ERA.
Despite Tuesday's setback the Rangers have won four of six and nine of 12 against the O's since the start of last season.
- BALTIMORE: 3
Aug 22 10:45 PM
- Geovany Soto double to left scored David Murphy with two out. Runner on second and Mitch Moreland due up.
Orioles 3, Rangers 12 Bot 7, 2 OutsAug 22 10:16 PM
- Mitch Moreland sacrifice fly out to left scored Michael Young with two out. On the play, David Murphy advances to third. Runner on third and Ian Kinsler due up.
Orioles 3, Rangers 11 Bot 5, 2 OutsAug 22 9:46 PM
- Nick Markakis triple to right scored Lew Ford and Robert Andino with two out. Runner on third and J.J. Hardy due up.
Orioles 3, Rangers 10 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 22 9:34 PM
- Adrian Beltre two-out, two-run Home Run 3 (22) to center scored Josh Hamilton. Nelson Cruz due up.
Orioles 1, Rangers 10 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 22 9:21 PM
- Mitch Moreland none-out, Grand Slam (13) to right scored Michael Young, David Murphy and Geovany Soto. Ian Kinsler due up.
Orioles 1, Rangers 8 Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 22 9:11 PM
- David Murphy double to right scored Nelson Cruz with none out. On the play, Michael Young advances to third. Runners on second and third and Geovany Soto due up.
Orioles 1, Rangers 4 Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 22 9:08 PM
- Adrian Beltre none-out, two-run Home Run 2 (21) to left scored Josh Hamilton. Nelson Cruz due up.
Orioles 1, Rangers 3 Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 22 9:03 PM
- Nick Markakis single to left scored Nate McLouth with two outs. Runner on first and J.J. Hardy due up.
Orioles 1, Rangers 1 Top 3, 2 OutsAug 22 8:45 PM
- Michael Young flied out to center. None on with two outs and David Murphy due up.
Orioles 0, Rangers 1 Bot 2, 2 OutsAug 22 8:31 PM
- BALTIMORE: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 22 8:08 PM
- Davis homers twice as Orioles rout Tigers 8:04p
- Tillman, Orioles conclude set at Detroit 2:15p
- Athletics try to distance themselves from Rangers 2:15p
- A's cruise past Rangers Wed
- Jones powers O's past Tigers Wed
- O's summon Britton for Tuesday start Tue
- Rangers place Baker on DL Tue
- Tigers ace Verlander toes rubber versus Orioles Tue
- Darvish, Rangers resume set with A's Tue
- Cruz helps Rangers edge Athletics Tue
- Scherzer remains unbeaten, Tigers down O's Mon
- Scherzer aims for 10-0 start in opener with O's Mon