A recap of the Orioles' 15-7 loss to the Rangers yesterday:
Orioles starter Chris Waters got off to a rough start attempting an encore to his eight-inning, one-hit debut last week. After shortstop Alex Cintron lost a pop-up in the sun to start the game, Waters seemed to unravel. He walked the next batter on four pitches, threw a wild pitch well wide of catcher Guillermo Quiroz and allowed a 420-foot homer to Josh Hamilton. Three more Rangers stroked singles before Waters could escape the first, down 4-0. He gave up another homer in the fourth to Ian Kinsler and was removed after the inning with the game tied at 6.
The Orioles stayed in the game despite Waters' tough outing because of two-run homers by No. 3 hitter Melvin Mora and cleanup man Aubrey Huff. Mora's shot in the first inning traveled 428 feet. Huff extended his hitting streak to 18 games, a career high, with his homer in the third. Second baseman Brian Roberts also reached base five times after getting on four times Saturday. Roberts had four hits, including two doubles, to push his American League-leading total to 44, and scored three runs.
Waters' day actually looked pretty good compared with those of the men who relieved him, Randor Bierd and Lance Cormier. Bierd failed to record an out and allowed five runs. Cormier then allowed singles to the first two batters he faced. In all, the Rangers sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the fifth inning to go up 12-6.
The Orioles will begin a four-game series in Cleveland tonight (7:05), the first meeting of the season between the Orioles and Indians. The Orioles will face Fausto Carmona, who pitched like an ace last season but has struggled with his control this year. Carmona returned from the disabled list July 26, and his ERA has risen from 3.10 to 4.46 in three starts since. He has put 24 runners on base in 13 innings in those outings. Dennis Sarfate will try to earn a more permanent spot in the Orioles' rotation after struggling in his first two starts. Sarfate, who has failed to go five innings, says he needs to relax and throw strikes.