BALTIMORE (AP) -The
were ready each time
walked to the mound.
homered twice and Texas led off the first three innings with home runs against Hendrickson in a 6-5 victory over the
on Saturday night.
''In baseball, stuff like that happens. One guy can kill you and I hope I can be that guy,'' said Kinsler, who is batting
.398 (43-for-108) lifetime against Baltimore. ''It gets them in a hole in a hurry.''
also connected against Hendrickson (1-3), who lasted only 4 1-3 innings. The Rangers, who have won four of six, lead the majors
with 35 homers and have hit two or more 13 times this season.
''We have guys who hit the ball out of the ballpark. ... And I'm glad we did. It set the tone,'' manager
It was the first time since Oct. 2, 2004 - when the
accomplished the feat against Colorado's
- that a team has led off the first three innings with home runs.
''You leave it over the heart of the plate with this lineup, especially, and they're kind of free swingers,'' Hendrickson
said. ''It's a little bit all or nothing with their lineup.''
(1-0), starting in place of injured right-hander
, allowed a run and four hits over five innings in his first start this season. Feldman said he was told by Washington that
he'd earned another start Thursday.
''The runs early helped,'' Feldman said. ''That's the kind of offense we have. They can put up so many runs.''
got the final two outs for his fourth save after
' RBI double off C.J. Wilson made it 6-3 in the ninth. Francisco yielded a two-run single to
, then fanned
on a fly to left.
''We needed one more hit to get back in it and came up short,'' Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said.
homered and drove in two runs for the Orioles.
Texas center fielder
left the game after 4 1/2 innings with inflammation near the left side of his rib cage. Hamilton hurt himself sliding into
third base on a double steal and expects to play Sunday.
Kinsler hit Hendrickson's 2-2 pitch in the first inning into the Baltimore bullpen for his sixth homer of the season and sixth
career leadoff home run. It was the start of a trend: Rangers leadoff men got hits in the first six innings.
Davis ripped Hendrickson's first pitch of the second into the left-field stands for a 2-0 lead.
singled and was erased on
' fielder's choice before Kinsler connected again for a two-run shot.
made it three straight innings with a leadoff homer in the third, depositing a changeup over the fence in center.
The Orioles cut it to 5-1 in the fourth, when Wigginton's two-out single scored Markakis, who extended his hitting streak
to 12 games with a double. Markakis has reached base safely in 26 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors.
Hendrickson departed in the fifth after
's sacrifice fly made it 6-1. He allowed five earned runs and eight hits.
Notes: Kinsler recorded his third career multihomer game. ... In five career starts against Texas, Hendrickson has allowed
21 earned runs in 22 innings, an 8.59 ERA. ... Washington said he wasn't sure whether Benson, on the 15-day disabled list
with right elbow inflammation since Wednesday, retroactive to April 16, would need a rehabilitation assignment before being
drew a one-out walk in the first, ending a streak of 23 consecutive innings without a base on balls by Baltimore pitchers.