While the Texas Rangers have been a very good home team, it's their play on the road that should have the rest of the American League concerned.
Boasting their best-ever road record through 43 games, the Rangers look to keep rolling away from home when they continue a four-game set against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.A seven-game trip though Baltimore and Detroit would be daunting for most teams, but the Rangers (52-37) appear to be relishing the time away. They improved to an AL-best 25-18 in opposing ballparks with Monday's 8-5 victory over the Orioles and have won seven of eight outside of Arlington.Texas also moved 15 games over .500 for the first time since May 25 and beat the Orioles (49-41) for the 11th time in 13 regular-season meetings."My team is very confident right now," manager Ron Washington said. "We just try to go out every day and play the best game we can. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, but we certainly don't question things. We just try to play good baseball."Monday marked another big offensive performance by the Rangers at Camden Yards, where they have won six of seven while averaging 8.5 runs and 12.0 hits.Ian Kinsler provided the biggest hit in the opener, capping a six-run sixth with a bases-loaded double, while Adrian Beltre continued his torrid stretch with a pair of hits.Beltre, who homered three times in his last regular-season game against the Orioles before Monday, is batting .436 with four home runs and six RBIs during a 10-game hit streak.Baltimore has lost four of five, going 5 for 42 (.119) with runners in scoring position during that span."Yeah, we had our chances," catcher Matt Wieters said. "We were able to get guys on with no outs and just couldn't quite get them in."Slugger Chris Davis struck out four times Monday and Wieters homered for the second time in three games but also struck out four times.Davis is 3 for 25 (.120) with 12 strikeouts in July. He's 2 for 21 with 13 strikeouts against Texas, where he spent the first four-plus years of his career.The Rangers should feel good about their chances of winning again with Martin Perez (2-1, 1.85 ERA) on the mound.Since being recalled from Triple-A on June 22, the left-hander is 2-0 with a 0.94 ERA in three starts. He had the shortest of those outings Thursday against Seattle, allowing one unearned run and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings before leaving without a decision in a 5-4 win.The 22-year-old rookie, though, is 1/3 with a 5.31 ERA in four career road starts -- two this season.Baltimore will hand the ball to the resurgent Zach Britton (2-2, 4.03), who has gone 2-1 with a 2.74 ERA in four starts since returning from the minors in mid-June. He limited the White Sox to two runs in a season-high seven innings of a 3-2 loss Thursday, not getting a decision.Britton tossed 7 2/3 innings in a 5-0 victory over the Rangers on April 9, 2011, in his only appearance against them.
Adrian Beltre homered in two of his first three at-bats Tuesday. It was his second multi-home run game this season (other was on July 4) and the 25th multi-home run game of his career. Beltre's 4 RBI are tied for his most in a game this season (also had 4 on May 12).
Adrian Beltre hit his 19th and 20th HR of the season...
The only time he hit more before the All-Star Break was 2004, when he hit 22 on his way to a career-high 48 HR that season
Adrian Beltre is just the 5th Ranger in the last 10 years to go 4-4 or better with at least 2 home runs in a game. He does it at Camden Yards, the site of Josh Hamilton's 5-5, 4 HR game a year ago.