The O's five-game winning streak was snapped Monday night with a deflating 14-3 loss to the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards.
Fresh off his best start of the season, Brian Matusz (1-4) turned in his worst performance of the year, allowing seven runs on ten hits and two walks in just five innings of work while fanning four. Jason Berken allowed another seven runs (only two earned thanks to Mark Reynolds' sixth error) in the ninth inning. The lone bright spot? Stu Pomeranz, making his MLB debut, held the potent Rangers offense scoreless over three innings of work, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out two.
Robert Andino put the Birds on the board in the sixth with a solo homer, his second in as many games, and Wilson Betemit followed with a two-run blast in the seventh. That was all the O's could manage, as they finished with just six hits, three coming off the bat of J.J. Hardy.
The O's (19-10) are now tied with Tampa Bay for first in the division and are in a three-way tie with the Rays and Rangers for best record in the Majors. The Birds and Rangers go at it again Tuesday night...Jake Arrieta is slated to take the mound.