ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Dwight Smith Jr. hit a a three-run home run in the first inning off of Drew Smyly and the Baltimore Orioles were off and running.
Or so it seemed for the first eight innings.
The Rangers trailed 12-5 heading into the bottom of the 9th inning at Globe Life Park, when they rallied for six runs.
With the loss, the Rangers fall to 30-28. The Orioles, who have the worst record in baseball, move to 19-41.
The Orioles committed four errors in the game.
Meantime, Orioles catcher Pedro Severino hit a career-high three homers and thwarted Texas’ ninth-inning rally with a wild defensive play.
Texas scored six runs in the ninth and had the tying run on base with one out when Mychal Givens replaced Richard Bleier on the mound. Givens struck out Delino DeShields and Elvis Andrus, but strike three to Andrus was a wild pitch that went to the backstop.
Severino scrambled to retrieve the ball, then delivered a perfect throw to first baseman Chris Davis a step ahead of Andrus for the final out. Severino said Givens couldn’t see his sign on the final pitch.
“I didn’t know what pitch was coming,” Severino said. “I had to throw it really hard to first base to just get the out.”
Severino never previously had a multihomer game in five major league seasons. He hit solo homers in the first and ninth innings and a two-run homer in the seventh.
As for his power surge, he said, “I don’t want to say I don’t have power. When I used to be a young guy, when I hit one homer, I just tried to hit every ball out.”
Dylan Bundy (3-6) earned his first win since May 17, allowing three runs and six hits in five-plus innings.
“We didn’t close out the game the way you’d like to close out,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I am going to try to stay positive.”
Givens earned his fifth save, cleaning up a mess created by Josh Lucas and Bleier. Andrus led off the inning by reaching on shortstop Richie Martin’s error, and Asdrúbal Cabrera and Logan Forsythe each hit two-run doubles during the rally. Cabrera had three hits to match his season high.
Game two of the three-game series is Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
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