BALTIMORE (AP) -
began his night by allowing three of the first four batters to reach base. At that point, it appeared as if the unpredictable
right-hander was poised for another poor performance against the
Cabrera worked out of trouble, then stymied the struggling Rangers through the sixth inning to help the
breeze to a 9-0 victory Saturday night.
homered and had four RBIs,
also connected and
scored three runs for the Orioles, who won the first two games of the series by a combined 18-1 score. On Sunday, Baltimore
will seek its first three-game sweep of the Rangers since 2000.
Cabrera (8-7) allowed four hits in an unusually effective showing against the Rangers. He was 1-6 with a 6.33 ERA in eight
previous appearances against Texas, including 0-3 at home.
opened the game with a single, and the Rangers loaded the bases with one out before Cabrera retired
on a popup and struck out
on a 3-2 pitch.
''I think it changed the whole game to get out of that jam with no runs,'' Cabrera said.
Presented with a similar situation in the bottom half - bases loaded, one out - Baltimore got an RBI single from
''The difference in the game tonight, the way I saw it, was Cabrera got out of the first inning and then we scored,'' Orioles
manager Dave Trembley said. ''If he didn't get out of the first inning you don't know. It would be a coin toss there.''
The Rangers viewed it as an important missed opportunity. After being limited to one run in the previous two games, breaking
out quickly against Cabrera might have been just what Texas needed to get its offense working again.
But it didn't happen.
''I completely messed up the flow of the game,'' Byrd said. ''I'm blaming me.''
Said Kinsler: ''The first inning was big for Cabrera, for his confidence, to settle down.''
Texas managed only four hits the rest of the way, one over the last three innings against three relievers. The Rangers have
lost four straight and have scored only two runs in 34 innings.
Part of the problem is that Texas is without injured sluggers
. The lineup was further depleted by the loss of All-Star
in the fourth inning to a finger injury, although manager
said the shortstop would probably return to the lineup Sunday.
The Rangers' lack of offense was nearly overshadowed by their poor pitching, which allowed Baltimore to score nine runs in
a second straight game. Mora, who singled in two runs in the fourth inning and hit a two-run homer in the seventh, has 26
RBIs in 20 games since the All-Star break.
(12-6) allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings to drop his first decision in five starts since July 4, when he yielded
eight runs to the Orioles. The right-hander is 0-2 with an 18.90 ERA against Baltimore and 12-4 with a 4.13 ERA against everyone
''You just want to go home, put it behind you,'' Byrd said. ''We had our ace on the mound and we got our butts kicked. The
Orioles, man, they can hit over there.''
Markakis put Baltimore up 4-0 in the second, hitting his 17th home run after
got the first of his three singles and Roberts walked.
Padilla retired the side in order in the third, but again ran into trouble in the fourth. Two hits and a walk loaded the bases
for Mora, who lined a single up the middle.
Roberts hit an RBI single in the fifth, and Mora connected in the seventh off
for a 9-0 lead.
doubled to stretch his hitting streak to 17 games, matching his career high (set in 2002 with Tampa Bay). ... Markakis is
6-for-9 with five RBIs against Padilla.