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41-55 - Rangers make Orioles appear competent in 1-0 loss

Martin Perez was the tough luck loser in his return

Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Martin Perez is back and tonight he was very Martin Perez-y as he produced a million ground balls, induced three double plays, struck out four in seven innings, and lost. If you include the free space, you just won Martin Perez Bingo!

Perhaps that was overly snarky at Marteen’s expense as Perez tonight was easily the best he’s been all season and still the Rangers lost 1-0 and committed three errors against a team that already has 69 losses before the All-Star break.

Indeed, Martin Perez deserved better.

Player of the Game: Shin-Soo Choo went 1-for-2 with two walks and his leadoff free bag swiftly extended his streak to 50 games. 50 is a cool round number and, shockingly, still 34 games from Ted Williams’ all-time record but the longest such streak in over ten years.

Up Next: The stupid first half of this dumb season comes to a close with Mike Minor on the mound against someone Baltimore has not yet announced. First pitch of the finale is scheduled for 12:05 pm CT and then you won’t have to even think about the Rangers for several days!