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Series: Game 3 of 3

Baltimore won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, September 12
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Game 2: Tuesday, September 13
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 14
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Orioles 6

(69-76, 35-39 away)

Rangers 7

(71-75, 40-34 home)

    2:05 PM ET, September 14, 2005

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: J. Benoit (4-4)

    L: J. Grimsley (1-2)

    Mench's RBI single does it for Rangers in the 10th

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Kevin Mench's botched bunt attempt prompted a scolding from third base coach Steve Smith. Two pitches later, Mench gave Texas an extra-inning victory.

    Mench's line-drive single in the 10th inning rallied the Rangers past Baltimore 7-6 Wednesday, ending the Orioles' four-game winning streak.

    Pinch-hitter David Dellucci tied the score with a two-run homer in the ninth off Jorge Julio. Alfonso Soriano also connected for the Rangers, his 34th.

    "In this ballpark, anything can happen," Mench said.

    Mark Teixeira led off the 10th with a double against Jason Grimsley (1-2). Soriano was intentionally walked, bringing Mench to the plate.

    When he left the dugout, Mench thought he heard Smith tell him to bunt the runners over. Mench heard wrong.

    After he fouled off a bunt attempt, he was informed by Smith that he should have been swinging away.

    "Smitty came down and yelled at me," said Mench, who has two career sacrifice bunts -- none this season.

    He fouled off the next pitch, then lashed his single to left to score Teixeira easily.

    "We're trying to make this month productive," Mench said. "We've got a lot of guys who are trying to prove themselves."

    Joaquin Benoit (4-4) got two outs for the win.

    The Orioles carried a 6-3 advantage into the ninth with Julio, the team's former closer, on the mound trying for his first save of the season. But the Rangers tied it at 6 on pinch-hitter Hank Blalock's RBI double and Dellucci's two-run shot.

    Baltimore interim manager Sam Perlozzo wasn't pleased that Julio issued a walk to Mark DeRosa, who scored on Blalock's double. Perlozzo also questioned the high-and-outside fastball Julio threw to Dellucci that ended up in the seats.

    "Nobody's perfect in baseball," Julio said. "I want to help the team. I'm trying to do my job. It's been a bad year for me this year."

    Julio, who had 22 saves for Baltimore last season, was on the mound because regular closer B.J. Ryan got the day off after saving the previous four games.

    Dellucci had his eighth career pinch-hit homer, second of the season.

    "I love being in that situation," Dellucci said. "I love the competition. When you pinch hit, nine times out of 10 the game is on the line. You're either a hero or a goat."

    The homers by Soriano and Dellucci gave the Rangers 145 at home, tying the AL record established last season by the Chicago White Sox.

    Texas, which leads the majors with 245 homers overall, is four shy of the big league record in a home park set by Colorado in 1996.

    Seattle set the overall major league mark of 264 home runs in 1997.

    The Orioles snapped a 3-all tie in the seventh against reliever John Wasdin on Brian Roberts' RBI double.

    Melvin Mora, who had three hits, extended Baltimore's lead to 6-3 with a two-run double in the ninth off Doug Brocail.

    The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first against Juan Dominguez on RBI singles by Miguel Tejada and B.J. Surhoff, then made it 3-0 in the second on Mora's run-scoring double.

    Michael Young's RBI double in the third off Baltimore starter Erik Bedard extended his hitting streak to 12 games and got Texas to 3-1.

    In the fourth, Soriano's solo homer and DeRosa's RBI single tied it at 3.

    Bedard allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. Dominguez gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one.

    Game notes


    Baltimore 1B Rafael Palmeiro watched some of the game from a luxury suite. Palmeiro has been at his offseason home in nearby Colleyville rehabilitating ankle and knee injuries. He has not played since Aug. 30. Palmeiro was not available to reporters, but he spoke by phone with Orioles spokesman Bill Stetka. "He just wanted to be here to show his support for his teammates," Stetka said. ... Jason Botts made his major league debut as the Rangers' DH, going 0-for-3 with a walk. ... The Orioles are 18-20 under Perlozzo, who took over after Lee Mazzilli was fired on Aug. 4. ... Baltimore's Luis Matos went 2-for-5 and has hit safely in 17 straight games against Texas, batting .485 (33-for-68) during that span.

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