RUNNING IT UP
The 30 runs scored by the Rangers in Game 1 of the doubleheader were the most in American League history. The Orioles' previous high for runs allowed was 26, also against Texas, on April 19, 1996. The 29 hits the Orioles allowed were also a club record, and the 27-run margin marked the largest margin of defeat in club history. Before yesterday, the Orioles hadn't allowed more than six runs in an inning but the Rangers tied or eclipsed that number three different times.
WAIT, THERE'S MORE
The Rangers eclipsed their record for most runs in a doubleheader, which was 21, by the eighth inning. Texas tied a club record with 10 hits in the sixth inning and set season highs with 10 runs in an inning and seven consecutive hits in the sixth inning. The Rangers also tied their season high with six home runs and hit two grand slams in a game for the second time in club history.
MILLAR STILL STREAKING
With his fifth-inning single against Texas starter John Rheinecker in Game 2, Kevin Millar reached base in his 49th consecutive game, tying Ken Singleton's club record, set in 1977. When Millar reached first, he tipped his batting helmet to the crowd. The streak started June 20. In Game 1, Millar kept his streak alive with a single in the eighth inning. He went 1-for-4 in the first game.
The Orioles begin a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins tonight by sending veteran right-hander Steve Trachsel (6-7, 4.81) against Twins right-hander Boof Bonser (5-10, 4.93). Trachsel is 1-1 with a 7.06 ERA in four career starts against the Twins. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four straight starts. Bonser has lost eight straight decisions. He's 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.