Dirk Nowitzki was on hand to watch the Rangers so it’s not like they were allowed to lose to the Baltimore Orioles again. Mike Minor started and seemed pretty hittable but since he was facing the O’s, no runs crossed the plate in his 5 2⁄3 innings and the bullpen was able to keep Baltimore off the board until Shawn Kelley blew the save with one out in the ninth.
The offense gave the pitching no wiggle room as they scored just one run through the first 11 plus innings against baseball’s worst team but it was Delino DeShields scoring on an Elvis Andrus double and then DeShields plating the winning run in the 12th so it was nice to see those two contributing after some rough stretches.
Like virtually every series the Rangers have played this year, they bounced back from a defeat in the opener with the win in the second game. We’re now onto the rubber match tomorrow where Texas has also had a large measure of success.
Player of the Game: Dirk, obviously.
Up Next: The Rangers and Orioles close out this series with RHP Ariel Jurado set to make the start for Texas against RHP David Hess for Baltimore. Thursday’s finale from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.