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Kinsler's key hit propels Rangers past Orioles

Apr 11, 2008 - 4:33 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- With the help of Ian Kinsler, the Texas Rangers completed a sweep of Thursday's doubleheader with Baltimore Orioles with a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.

Kason Gabbard pitched 5 2/3 solid innings, Milton Bradley hit a two-run double and Michael Young added a solo homer for Texas, which also defeated Baltimore, 3-1, in the first game.

"They're really leading the way for us right now," Young said of the starting pitching. "Gabby did a great job of keeping us in the game and giving us a lot of work in the infield.

"They deserve all of the credit right now. We're just doing our best to score runs and make all of the great work they're doing stand up."

With the game knotted at 4-4 and runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth inning, Kinsler drilled a pitch from Baltimore reliever Chad Bradford (0-1) into left field for a single, plating Ben Broussard with the go-ahead run.

The Orioles had tied the game in the top of the inning, when Kevin Millar's groundout scored Melvin Mora, who led off the frame with a double.

Jamey Wright (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief of Gabbard to notch the win. C.J. Wilson worked a 1-2-3 ninth to collect his second save of the day.

Young, who had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run in the first game, belted a solo homer in the first off Baltimore starter Adam Loewen to give Texas an early lead.

"I try to take advantage of every situation," Young said. "I think that's just how it worked out this game. It's up to everybody to make sure they go out and deliver clutch hits. If there's a good situation, I'm going to want to take advantage of it."

Bradley's double highlighted a three-run third that gave the Rangers a 4-1 advantage.

Loewen allowed four runs, six hits and four walks while striking out four in five innings.

"I felt really good until the third inning," Loewen said. "Then, I couldn't figure out where the ball was going. I didn't have a feel for my release point. I felt like everybody on the team did their job except me."

The Orioles cut the deficit to one in the sixth when Jay Payton hammered a two-run homer to left, ending the night for Gabbard.

"Gabbard is a gamer," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "After the third inning, I was hoping that he had a couple of innings left in him. Payton was definitely going to be his last hitter and he just left one up to a good hitter."

"I think the second and third innings I was trying to throw too much off-speed," Gabbard said. "I started throwing my two-seam (fastball) a little more and I started getting the first-pitch strike and settled down."

Nick Markakis added an RBI single for Baltimore, which has dropped two straight following a six-game winning streak.

"When you play a doubleheader on the road, you want to win the first one," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "If you don't, you're going to do everything you can try in the second one. It's a long day ... much longer when you lose."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 9 0
    TEXAS 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 x 5 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - ADAM LOEWEN, RANDOR BIERD (6TH), CHAD BRADFORD (8TH), DENNIS
    SARFATE (8TH) AND GUILLERMO QUIROZ
    TEX - KASON GABBARD, JAMEY WRIGHT (6TH), C.J. WILSON
    (9TH) AN

    Apr 10 11:04 PM
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    Orioles 4, Rangers 5  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 10 10:58 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE (2ND GAME)
    SINGLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED BEN BROUSSARD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I KINSLER ON FIRST, A MELHUSE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 4
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.257, 1-FOR-3, BB, HR, RBI)

    Orioles 4, Rangers 5  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 10 10:49 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE (2ND GAME)
    GROUND OUT BY KEVIN MILLAR SCORED MELVIN MORA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MARKAKIS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 4
    TEXAS 4 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.303, 1-FOR-3)

    Orioles 4, Rangers 4  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 10 10:33 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE (2ND GAME)
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JAY PAYTON (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF KASON GABBARD SCORED AUBREY HUFF.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3, TEXAS 4
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A JONES (.286, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Orioles 3, Rangers 4  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 10 10:04 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE (2ND GAME)
    SINGLE BY DAVID MURPHY SCORED MILTON BRADLEY.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, M BYRD ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J BOTTS (.000, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Orioles 1, Rangers 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 10 9:27 PM
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    Orioles 1, Rangers 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 10 9:26 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE (2ND GAME)
    DOUBLE BY MILTON BRADLEY SCORED IAN KINSLER AND JOSH
    HAMILTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M BRADLEY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: H BLALOCK (.269, 1-FOR-1)

    Orioles 1, Rangers 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 10 9:23 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE (2ND GAME)
    SINGLE BY NICK MARKAKIS SCORED BRIAN ROBERTS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MARKAKIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: K MILLAR (.267, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 1, Rangers 1  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 10 9:10 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE (2ND GAME)
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MICHAEL YOUNG (2) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF ADAM LOEWEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.290, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

    Orioles 0, Rangers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 10 8:34 PM