Rangers 4, Orioles 3
- I'm running out of superlatives.
- Derek Holland wasn't superlative last night. He wasn't even good. He faced 23 batters, walked 2 of them, and gave up 9 hits, getting yanked with one out in the fifth. And yet, despite constantly being in trouble, he allowed just three runs, all in the second inning, when Jonathan Schoop singled, J.J. Hardy doubled, and then, after a pair of strikeouts, Adam Jones singled and Joey Rickard doubled, making it a 3-0 game.
- Holland walked a tightrope the other innings...in the first, he had two on, but escaped. In the third, he loaded the bases with no one out, on a walk and a pair of singles, but got Hardy on a strike out and induced a double play ball from Nolan Reimold to end the inning. He allowed a hit in the fourth, and in the fifth, once he walked Matt Wieters with one out, that was it.
- Critically, Texas got a combined 3.2 IP from Shawn Tolleson and Tony Barnette last night, bridging the way to Sam Dyson...who was hittable, once again, allowing a pair of singles, but ultimately saved the game.
- Texas put a run on the board in the third, on an Ian Desmond home run to dead center that measured at 441 feet, then took the lead in the fourth. Prince Fielder singled, and after a Rougned Odor K, the bases got loaded on an Elvis Andrus single and a Mitch Moreland single. Bobby Wilson, after what seemed like a 30 pitch at bat, hit a sac fly to center, and a disastrous Adam Jones throw home allowed the runners to advance, setting the stage for them to score on Shin-Soo Choo's single. Texas didn't get on the board again, but the 4 runs were enough.
- As I said to start off, I'm running out of great things to say about this team. At 46-25, they have the best record after 71 games in franchise history. With a 9.5 game lead in the West, they have their biggest lead ever in the first half of the season. Great things are afoot here.