BALTIMORE (AP) -With
leading the way, the
emphatically ended an uncharacteristic hitting drought.
Kinsler broke out of an extended slump with a career-high five hits, including a homer, and Hamilton also connected to lead
the Rangers past the
, 15-7 on Sunday.
Held to one run over their previous three games, the Rangers matched their season high with 20 hits. Kinsler had more hits
than in his last seven starts combined, scored three runs and collected three RBIs. He was 18-for-88 (.205) since the All-Star
break and had not homered since July 5.
''He was very good. It's nice to see him back,'' Rangers manager
said. ''Hopefully, he got his second wind and he can do what he did in the first half.''
Hamilton hit his 28th homer, a three-run drive that snapped a 3-for-22 skid and increased his major league-leading RBI total
went 4-for-6 with a homer and four RBIs, one of six Texas starters with at least two hits.
''Today, it certainly was,'' Washington said. ''The past two days, it certainly wasn't.''
homered to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 18 games,
went 4-for-4 and
had a homer and four RBIs. Baltimore, which outscored Texas 18-1 in the first two games of the series, fell to 2-17 on Sundays.
After holding the Rangers in check Friday and Saturday, the Orioles couldn't do it any longer.
''They were ready to break it out,'' manager Dave Trembley said. ''They score an awful lot of runs, and if you make a mistake,
they don't foul it off. They hit it.''
Texas used a six-run fifth inning to go up 12-6.
singled in the tiebreaking run against
hit a two-run single before Kinsler,
and Byrd added RBI singles off
Byrd hit a three-run homer off
in the ninth to complete the onslaught.
''It was a great time for us to start swinging the bats,'' said Kinsler, well aware that Texas has a day off before beginning
a three-game series against the
. ''Hopefully, we're going to Boston swinging the bats well.''
Byrd said, ''We get a day off, get fresh legs, go to Boston and try to catch up. That will tell us where we are at, at the
end of that three-game span.''
(4-2) gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
, who allowed one hit over eight innings in his major league debut with Baltimore on Tuesday against Los Angeles, yielded
six runs, seven hits and three walks in four innings.
''Waters was a different pitcher today. His location was up,'' Trembley said.
Said Waters: ''Right out of the gate I wasn't really consistent with my fastball location, and in the big leagues you'll notice,
anywhere, that if you miss your spots bad things happen.''
Kinsler began the game by hitting a popup that shortstop
lost in the sun. The ball dropped for a tainted single - equaling the number of hits Waters surrendered in his debut. Young
then drew a walk before Hamilton hit a drive to center that traveled an estimated 420 feet.
The Rangers batted around, using a run-scoring RBI single by Metcalf to go up 4-0.
Mora hit a two-run shot in the bottom half, and Orioles rookie
added an RBI single in the second. Baltimore took a 5-4 lead in the third when Huff homered after Mora walked.
Kinsler put Texas back in front with a two-run homer in the fourth, but Baltimore pulled even in the bottom half when Roberts
doubled and scored on a two-out single by Mora.
Mora, who added an RBI double in the ninth, went 7-for-14 with eight RBIs in the series. His homer Sunday was the 150th of
Notes: The 20 hits were the most yielded by Baltimore this season. ...
, who missed 10 of the Rangers' previous 11 games with a strained left quad, started at DH but left in the fourth with a stomach
virus. ... The Orioles have had eight chances to sweep a three-game series, but have succeeded only once.