MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Texas0 2 0 8 0 0 0 0 2 12131
Baltimore1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 281
  W: J. Gray (5-1)   L: G. Rodriguez (2-2)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, May 26, 2023
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 20,293

Orioles, Rangers bring hot streaks into 3-game series

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Texas Rangers at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Rangers scored just seven runs total during their first series against the Orioles this year (April 3-5), their second fewest in any series this year. Baltimore is 12-4 against Texas since 2021, tied for its best record against any opponent (3-1 vs. Cubs).
  2. Through 49 games, the Rangers have a run differential of +112, second best in the major leagues (Rays, +114). The Rangers have never had a run differential over 100 through 50 games in franchise history (current high is +92 in 2012).
  3. Over his last three starts (20.0 IP), Jon Gray has allowed two earned runs for a 0.90 ERA, his best three-start span since April 25 to May 8, 2018 (0.45 ERA). It is also the third-best span of his career (July 2016 -- 0.86).
  4. The Orioles are averaging 5.81 runs per game on the road and 4.35 runs at home this season, the largest differential (1.47; road better) in the major leagues.
  5. After logging the save in the series defining win over the Yankees Thursday, Yennier Cano's ERA moved to 0.68, best in the major leagues among qualified relievers. Overall, the Orioles' bullpen is second in all of baseball with a 3.00 ERA, trailing only the Yankees (2.97).
  6. Over his last 15 games (70 PA) Marcus Semien is slashing .313/.357/.563, raising his OPS for the season to .870, highest in the AL among all middle infielders (min. 100 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/26/2023 thru 5/28/2023

Two of baseball's biggest surprises meet this weekend when the Baltimore Orioles open a three-game series against the visiting Texas Rangers on Friday.

The Rangers, who were coming off their sixth straight losing season, have won five of their past six games to improve to 31-18. They are three games ahead of the defending World Series champion Houston Astros atop the American League West.

"This is close to what I was hoping," Texas manager Bruce Bochy said. "I wanted us to get off to a good start. I thought that was important."

The Rangers were off on Thursday after taking two of three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates to open a nine-game road trip that concludes with a three-game series against the Tigers.

The Orioles, who posted their first winning season since 2016 last year, were expected to contend for a wild card. However, after earning a three-game sweep of the host Toronto Blue Jays and then taking two of three against the host New York Yankees, the Orioles are 33-17 -- their best start through 50 games since 1997 (35-15).

They have the second-best record in the majors, trailing only the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays (37-15).

"It's been great, and we've had a chance to win night in and night out," Baltimore outfielder Austin Hays said.

The Orioles are coming off a 3-1 win over the Yankees in the rubber match of a three-game series on Thursday.

Kyle Gibson gave up just two singles over seven shutout innings. Anthony Santander and Hays provided the big hits with a run-scoring single in the fifth and a two-run double in the eighth, respectively. Santander went 3-for-3 with a walk.

"This was a huge series win, and it's on to (Friday)," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.

Baltimore took two of three against the Rangers in the teams' first matchup of the season, winning the opener 2-0 on April 3 before cruising to a 7-2 win in the second contest. Texas avoided the sweep with a 5-2 win that was its first victory over the Orioles in nine meetings.

The Orioles will give the ball on Friday to rookie Grayson Rodriguez (2-1, 6.21 ERA), who is coming off a solid outing in his latest start. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk in five innings during a no-decision at Toronto on Saturday.

Rodriguez, who hasn't lasted more than 5 2/3 innings in an outing, made his major league debut against the Rangers on April 5. He wasn't involved in the decision after yielding two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and a walk in five innings.

Texas right-hander Jon Gray (4-1, 3.02), who will start Friday, pitched well against the Orioles the last time he faced them. Gray picked up the loss despite allowing just two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in 6 1/3 innings during a 2-0 setback on April 3.

In three career starts vs. Baltimore, Gray is 1-2 with a 3.68 ERA.

Gray was sharp on Saturday, allowing just a run on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks over five innings of an 11-5 win over the visiting Colorado Rockies.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 26, 2023

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