Six-run eighth, Cruz's 21st give Orioles 8-3 win

Six-run eighth, Cruz's 21st give Orioles 8-3 win
June 3, 2014, 11:15 pm
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QUICK SUMMARY: Caleb Joseph’s RBI double scored the go-ahead run and sparked a six-run eighth inning as the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 8-3.

With the score tied at 2, Joseph’s double off Alexi Ogando (2-3) scored Delmon Young. Nelson Cruz added a three-run home run.

Brian Matusz (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of Ubaldo Jimenez for the win.

Adam Jones had four hits, Nick Markakis had three as the Orioles had 17.

WELCOME BACK: Cruz received a mixed response in his first game back in Arlington, Tex. After leaving the Rangers as a free agent. Cruz hit his major league leading 21st home run, a three-run shot, in the eighth inning. He also leads the majors with 55 RBIs.

STOP WALKING: For the 10th time in 12 starts, Jimenez didn’t make it past the sixth inning. He allowed a run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, but walked four. Jimenez has issued at least four walks in four starts.

JONES HITS: Jones had his 12th four-hit game, the second of the season. His fourth inning home run gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead. It was his first since 18.

SIX AN INNING: For the second straight game, the Orioles equaled a season high with six runs in an inning. They’ve done it three times this season.

THREE STRAIGHT: The Orioles have won three straight, their fourth winning streak of at least three.

STILL NOT BEATING JOE: Texas starter Joe Saunders has never lost to the Orioles in seven decisions. Though he left on the short end of a 2-1 score, the Rangers quickly got him off the hook.

THAT’S WEIRD: After starting his major league career with just two hits in 29 times at bat, Joseph went 2-for-4.

COMING UP: Bud Norris (3-5, 4.04) faces Nick Martinez (1-1, 2.75) in the second game of the three-game series on Wednesday night.

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