ARLINGTON, Texas—Wins have been few and far between for the Baltimore Orioles. Most have been enjoyable for first-year manager Brandon Hyde, but the fun was taken out of Tuesday night’s 12-11 win over the Texas Rangers.
The Orioles entered the ninth inning with a 12-5 lead. They managed to give up six runs and only a fine play by one of their offensive heroes, catcher Pedro Severino, allowed them to escape.
With two outs, Orioles reliever Mychal Givens struck Elvis Andrus, but the ball skidded to the backstop. Only Severino’s strong throw to first nabbed Andrus and finally ended the torturous game with the tying run about to score.
There was not a single 1-2-3 inning for either team. The Orioles committed four errors and used six relievers in a game their starter, Dylan Bundy, pitched into the sixth inning.
“Obviously, we didn’t close out the game the way you’d like to close it out, and I am going to try to stay positive,” Hyde said. “We did a lot of good things offensively. I thought Dylan Bundy threw the ball well in a tough park to pitch and a pretty good lineup that’s playing well right now.
“So, I’m focusing on those things. The other stuff we’ve just got to get a lot better. We made some uncharacteristic defensive mistakes and you’re trying to give the bullpen guys some confidence and tonight wasn’t the best night from our ‘pen.”
The Orioles equaled their season high for runs scored, and they equaled their worst inning with the six-run ninth. Texas scored a run in the seventh and another in the eighth before the scary ninth.
“When you give up eight runs? How many runs did we give up in the last three innings?” Hyde said. “You’d like to see that number a little lower. I just want to see guys take advantage of their opportunity. A lot of these guys have been moved around to other organizations and I want to see them grasp it and grab onto it and have major league careers.
“That’s the roster we have is guys that have been in other places and now they’re getting an opportunity, and I just want to see them hold onto it and have success.”
The Orioles’ offense principally came from players to whom Hyde was referring. Dwight Smith Jr., who was acquired in March for international signing bonus money, had six RBIs on a three-run home run and a three-run double.
Severino, picked up on waivers from Washington near the end of spring training, had three home runs, becoming the first catcher in Orioles history to hit three in a game. Hanser Alberto, who was twice picked up on waivers, had four hits.
“It’s amazing. The offense did a great job, helping the pitchers,” Severino said. “You know, all that happened the last inning—a normal game. A normal game happened. We tried to win that game right there. It was frustration right there, with [six] runs in the last inning, but we never give up. We had had to work to win it.”
In addition to Severino’s three home runs and Smith’s three-run blast, Keon Broxton homered to lead off the fourth, his third home run. The five homers were a season-high for the Orioles.
After Richie Martin’s error to start the ninth, Josh Lucas walked Nomar Mazara and Hunter Pence to load the bases with none out.
Richard Bleier allowed a two-run double to Asdrubal Cabrera and a run-scoring single. Logan Forsythe doubled for two runs, and with one out, Shin-Soo Choo singled off Bleier’s glove to allow Forsythe to score.
Mychal Givens restored to the closer’s role, struck out DeShields and then Andrus to pick up his fifth save.
Bundy’s night: Bundy allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings to get his third win of the season. He walked two and struck out four and gave up a home run to Texas leadoff hitter Choo, the 30th leadoff home run of his career.
“They’re a tough lineup,” Bundy said. “Overall, I felt my stuff was probably some of the better stuff-wise I had. Now, the command wasn’t very good tonight. It was a kind of a battle from the get-go with runners on base pretty much every inning.”
Nunez leaves: Renato Nunez left the game for a pinch-hitter in the sixth.
“His leg’s bothering him a little bit, so I took him out of the game knowing that I want him for tomorrow,” Hyde said.
Nunez has 15 home runs, and had eight in his previous 12 games.
Trumbo at Triple-A: In his first game at Triple-A, Mark Trumbo was 0-for-3 with a strikeout for Norfolk. He played first base. Trumbo is scheduled to be with the Tides this week and then be re-evaluated next week.
Trumbo is on a rehab assignment to make sure that his surgically repaired right knee is fit for major league duty.