Young, Loe Deliver in Rangers Win Over O's

7-6-07 - Michael Young's one-out RBI single in the 10th inning gave Texas a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night after Rangers closer Greg Gagne gave up a run in the ninth for his first blown save of the season.

Travis Metcalf singled against Paul Shuey (0-1) leading off the 10th. Jerry Hairston sacrificed Metcalf to second and Ramon Vazquez walked before Young's line drive off the glove of diving third baseman Chris Gomez bounced into left field. Metcalf crossed the plate with the winning run ahead of left fielder Jay Gibbons' throw.

Joaquin Benoit (3-2) pitched a perfect 10th to get the win.

Rangers starter Kameron Loe allowed five hits in six-plus shutout innings but Gagne, who signed with Texas as a free agent after two injury-filled seasons, ended his streak of converted save opportunities at 11.

Brad Wilkerson his his fifth homer in the last seven game for Texas, which has won five of seven.

Nick Markakis was 3-for-4 for the Orioles.

Brandon Fahey singled with one out against Gagne and he scored on Brian Roberts' double to right center to make it 3-3.

Loe, looking for his career-high fifth straight victory, struck out three and walked three. He began the season in the bullpen and was sent to the minors in early June after an ineffective stretch as a starter.

C.J. Wilson relieved Loe, who threw 103 pitches, after Chris Gomez led off the seventh with a double.

The Orioles went on to load the bases on two walks, then Wilson threw a wild pitch that bounced off the wall behind home plate and directly to catcher Adam Melhuse.

Melhuse made a diving tag on Gomez, who was called out by home plate umpire Brian Knight on a close play that brought interim manager Dave Trembley out of the dugout to argue.

Markakis followed with a two-run double to pull the Orioles within 3-2.

Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up three runs and five hits in six innings, striking out three and walking three.

Guthrie, claimed on waivers from Cleveland in January, had gone at least seven innings in nine of his previous 10 starts.

Wilkerson's two-run homer in the sixth, his 14th, stretched Texas' lead to 3-0.

The Rangers scored the game's first run on Ramon Vazquez's sacrifice fly in the third.


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