Final

Series: Game 2 of 2

Texas won 2-0

Game 1: Wednesday, May 3
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in 12
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Game 2: Thursday, May 4
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Orioles 2

(14-16, 5-7 away)

Rangers 8

(17-12, 8-7 home)

8:05 PM ET, May 4, 2006

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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W: K. Millwood (3-2)

L: B. Chen (0-4)

Millwood throws four-hitter as Rangers nab sixth straight

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Kevin Millwood received the kind of run support he was hoping for when he signed with the Texas Rangers.

Not that he needed much help Thursday night.

Millwood pitched a four-hitter for Texas' first complete game this season, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench homered and the Rangers won their sixth straight with an 8-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

"This is what I was looking for," said Millwood, who had a 9-11 record last season with Cleveland despite leading the American League with a 2.86 ERA.

And his performance was what the Rangers were looking for when they gave him a $60 million, five-year contract.

"He was what the doctor ordered," manager Buck Showalter said. "He couldn't have picked up our bullpen any better. I can't remember the last time when nobody in the bullpen got up except to look around."

It was Millwood's first home win with the Rangers.

"He's one of those guys who would be the same way if he was making $10 or whatever," Showalter said. "Before the game, he just put on shorts and went out on the field. He was signing autographs and shaking hands with anybody on the team as if he'd never met them."

Millwood (3-2) walked two batters in an efficient game when 69 of his 99 pitches were strikes. He struck out only one.

"I don't think I've ever had a complete game with that few pitches, he said, "Those guys were aggressive and came out swinging. I made the infielders and outfielders work a lot."

Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora, who went 0-for-4, said Baltimore was unlucky.

"We hit a lot of balls hard. It's not fun when the ball doesn't go through." he said.

Millwood didn't really disagree.

"I felt like I had good stuff," he said. "I'm not so sure I'm where I want to be, but I'm going in that direction."

He also got some help from his defense.

Teixeira made a backhanded stop at third in the eighth on a shot by rookie Nick Markakis. Teixeira turned it into a run-scoring force out after two singles by Baltimore, the Orioles first hits since Brandon Fahey led off the game with a single.

The other big defensive play was by Brad Wilkerson in the fifth. Markakis sliced a long fly to left field. Wilkerson ran back to the warning track, caught the ball and crashed into the scoreboard hard enough to knock a panel out of its slot. He stayed down on the track briefly.

Corey Patterson, who had walked, wandered between first and second base, unsure whether Wilkerson had held onto the ball. Patterson didn't made it back to first base and was tagged out by second baseman Mark DeRosa.

Wilkerson said he had a dull headache and a sore right shoulder.

"It's the same shoulder he hurt (last year)," Showalter said.

Jay Gibbons homered in the ninth for Baltimore before Jeff Conine popped out to end the game.

"After about the sixth inning, I definitely wanted to finish it. I knew our bullpen needed a rest, Millwood said

He threw one complete game last year with Cleveland on Aug. 27 at Toronto. The Rangers hadn't had a complete game since May 14, 2005.

Baltimore has lost nine of 12.

Orioles starter Bruce Chen (0-4) allowed both Texas homers and all eight runs. The 11 homers he has allowed are tied for the most in the AL this season.

The Rangers scored four runs in the second inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases before Wilkerson singled home the first run and Adrian Brown hit a sacrifice fly to the center-field wall. DeRosa and Michael Young followed with run-scoring singles.

Texas scored twice more with two outs in the third. Mench hit his ninth home run in 14 days. Wilkerson singled and scored from first base when Gerald Laird's single got past left fielder Markakis for an error.

The lead grew to 8-0 in the third inning when Teixeira hit a pitch from Chen halfway up in the left-center bleachers. The two-run homer was Teixeira's fourth.<

^Notes:@ Rangers starters haven't lost in the last 17 games, going 7-0. ... Following a 12-inning game Wednesday night, neither regular catcher played Thursday. ... Orioles LHP Kurt Birkins made his major league debut, entering with two runners on and two outs in the sixth inning. He pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings. ... Orioles SS Miguel Tejada went 0-for-9 in the two-game series, dropping his batting average to .392. He had come to Texas leading the majors at .423.

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