“I think it changes, just have a little more margin of error,” Showalter said of Jimenez pitching with a lead. “You can get in attack mode more. You get some counts in your favor, you can try to put somebody away and not always try to make a perfect pitch. And with that, it allows you to get in the flow and let your ability take over.”

Pearce put the Orioles up 2-0 two batters into the bottom of the first inning, taking 1-0 fastball deep into the left-field stands after Nick Markakis drew a leadoff walk.

Two batters later, Jones teed off on Saunders (0-5), pulling a 2-2 pitch down the left-field line for his 15th homer of the season.

In the next inning, Hardy hit his second homer in nine games after going homerless in his previous 339 at-bats when he hit a 1-1 pitch to left-center field.

Pearce then hit his second homer of the night in the fourth, sitting on a 2-1 hanging curveball and sending it into the left-field stands to give the Orioles a 6-0 lead.

Pearce, who was placed on waivers in April and refused a waiver claim so he could return to the Orioles, finished June hitting .361 (26-for-72) with five homers and 13 RBIs in the month.

“You get into a comfort zone and you start to feel good,” Pearce said. “I'm trying to ride it for as long as possible and set the table. … It's just good to spark the team and get some runs scored.”

With their four homers Monday, the Orioles finished with 46 home runs in June, the most in the major leagues. Their 96 homers this season are second-most in the majors, trailing only Toronto (108).

The Rangers (37-45) scored their only run on a throwing error by third baseman Chris Davis, making his first start there in 2 1/2 years in Machado's absence, in the fifth inning.

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