Matusz, Birds no match for Rangers

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles needed Brian Matusz's best Monday. Instead, they got his 2012 worst.

One day after the Orioles' remarkable 17-inning win in Boston, an overtaxed bullpen could've used a breather. Six, seven, or even eight innings from Matusz would've been preferred.

He failed to come close against the two-time defending American League champs, who were led by a surprising but familiar source.

Former Orioles first-round pick Brandon Snyder recorded a career-high six RBIs and the Texas Rangers chased Matusz with no outs in the sixth en route to a 14-3 win before 11,938 at Camden Yards.

The Orioles (19-10) had their winning streak snapped at five in a deflating follow-up to Sunday's uplifting win.

"I know that's a real easy area to go down, but I don't think anybody in our locker room would," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "That's not something our guys or I'm going to dwell on. It's part of what we do for a living.

"You get thrown some self-inflicted things that you have to deal with and nobody's going to feel sorry for you. Hopefully get a good night's rest and turn the page."

One of those "self-inflicted" things was Matusz.

After stringing together his first two strong starts of the season, Matusz (1-4) couldn't keep the run going.

The left-hander lasted just five innings, plus four batters in the sixth, allowing seven runs on 10 hits and two walks. That bloated his season ERA to 5.91 through six starts.

"I just never got in a good rhythm today, getting behind guys all game and flying open on pitches and leaving some breaking balls out over the plate," Matusz said. "Any rough outing is disappointing, especially with the momentum we had as a team, coming off a good road [trip]. And I just didn't keep the team in the ballgame."

Matusz said he would've liked to do a better job preserving the bullpen.

"I absolutely wanted to go deep in the game," he said. "It would have been nice to go seven or eight, but I didn't get the job done."

Matusz had just one perfect inning, and trailed 3-0 after five. The Rangers (19-10) buried him with their start to the sixth. Matusz let the first four batters of the frame record hits.

Mike Napoli increased the lead to 4-0 with an RBI single three batters into the inning before Snyder came through with the big knock.

Snyder launched a three-run homer to right-center, giving the Rangers a 7-0 lead and ending Matusz's night in the process.

Snyder added a two-run single in the second and an RBI single in the ninth. He entered the night with one RBI in 11 games this season, and just five in his career, four of which came in 16 games with Baltimore.

"I'm probably going to have to wake up tomorrow and read something to make sure it happened," Snyder said. "It's a special night, being back in Baltimore."

After Matusz departed, Stu Pomeranz kept Texas in check in his major-league debut. The right-handed reliever tossed three scoreless innings. Fellow callup Jason Berken didn't fare nearly as well in the ninth, when the Rangers sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs, only two of which were earned because of a Mark Reynolds error.

Baltimore scored all of its runs on the longball. Robert Andino hit his third homer and second in as many games, a solo blast into the Orioles' bullpen in the sixth. Wilson Betemit launched his fourth of the year in the seventh - a two-run shot that trimmed Texas' lead to 7-3.

But the Rangers battered Matusz enough early to make seven efficient innings from starter Matt Harrison (4-2) stand up.

"I'm frustrated for him. I'm sure he's frustrated by it," Showalter said of Matusz. "He just wasn't the guy we had seen the last three or four starts. I'm sure Texas had something to do with that, too."

NOTES: J.J. Hardy has eight hits in his last two games. ... Fans gave Chris Davis a standing ovation when he batted for the first time.

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