Coming up short
The Orioles tied the game in the ninth inning as Brian Roberts hit an RBI double to right-center off Rangers closer Eric Gagne, who blew his first save of the season. But an inning later, their quest for a victory ended when reliever Paul Shuey surrendered a one-out RBI single to Michael Young. Young's hit deflected off the glove of diving third baseman Chris Gomez and trickled into left field. Jay Gibbons came forward to field it, but his throw was late and off line, prompting a Rangers celebration.
Call hurts O's
Trailing 3-0, the Orioles had the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning with Nick Markakis at the plate. C.J. Wilson threw a wild pitch, but the ball bounced off the backstop and right to Rangers catcher Adam Melhuse. Gomez, who was on third, broke for home and slid in ahead of Melhuse's tag. However, plate umpire Brian Knight called Gomez out. The blown call loomed even larger when Markakis followed with a two-run double that cut the Orioles' deficit to one run instead of tying the game. Knight acknowledged after the game that he blew the call.
Already playing without starting shortstop Miguel Tejada and starting third baseman Melvin Mora, the Orioles lost another infielder last night when Freddie Bynum suffered a strain of his left hamstring. Bynum, who got his third straight start at shortstop, suffered the injury when he was trying to beat out a ground ball in the third inning. He limped off the field and was removed from the game for Brandon Fahey. He'll be re-evaluated today.
Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard (6-4, 3.67) will make his final start of the first half of the season tonight against Texas right-hander Brandon McCarthy (4-5, 6.17). Bedard is 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in four career starts against Texas. McCarthy, whom the Rangers obtained this offseason from the Chicago White Sox, has made two relief appearances against the Orioles, allowing four earned runs in two innings. McCarthy hasn't pitched more than six innings in any of his 12 starts this season.