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Friday, May 11, 2012

Homers Lift Birds Over Rangers

This season has been pretty adventurous, and Thursday was no exception. The O's beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 in Game One of a doubleheader, and it took just eight pitches for history to be made...

The Birds hit back-to-back-to-back jacks in the first inning, the first time the feat has been accomplished in the AL, and only the fourth time it has happened in the Majors. Ryan Flaherty led-off with his first career homer, followed by long-balls from J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis.

Adam Jones launched yet another solo shot in the seventh, his team-best ninth of the season. After Matt Wieters walked, Wilson Betemit crushed a two-run bomb to give the Birds a 6-1 lead. The O's managed just five hits all game, but all five cleared the fence...

Wei-Yin Chen (3-0) allowed just two runs on six hits over 7 2/3 innings, walking one and fanning five. Jim Johnson surrendered a three-run blast in the ninth but held on to pick up his ninth save in as many attempts.

The O's send Tommy Hunter to the mound for Game Two of the doubleheader; a win would give the Birds a split with Texas.

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