The O's just couldn't keep pace with the Texas Rangers, falling 7-3 in Game Two of a doubleheader on Thursday at Camden Yards.
Tommy Hunter, pitching on just three days rest, looked pretty good against his former club but was tagged with the loss. Hunter (2-2) gave up a two-run bomb to Josh Hamilton in the first inning but settled down after that (Hamilton finished the four-game series with six homers). Hunter went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk, striking out seven.
All three of the O's runs came in a sloppy second inning...Texas committed three errors and all three runs were unearned. Had the Rangers played a clean game the Birds could have been kept off the board all together. The O's managed just five hits, but unlike Game One, where every hit left the Yard, all five hits went for singles.
The Orioles are still 20-12 and tied for first with the Rays, who are in town for a three-game set starting Friday night. Dana Eveland will get his first start as an Oriole as the two clubs battle for first in the division.