MLB

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Texas2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 8130
Baltimore0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 590
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  W: J. Sborz (4-3)   L: C. Greene (1-3)   S: J. Barlow (8)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, September 24, 2021
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 7,935

Against Rangers, Orioles' Alexander Wells seeks first win as starter

According to STATS
According to STATS

Texas Rangers at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Orioles took two out of three in Arlington April 16-18, their first series win over the Rangers since July 2018. Texas swept a four-game series at Camden Yards from September 5-8, 2019 after the Orioles had won 15 of their previous 20 home games against the Rangers dating back to 2013.
  2. Texas was swept in a three-game set at Yankee Stadium to fall to 55-97, the Rangers' most losses since a 62-99 season in 1985. Texas has not lost 100 games in a season since going 57-105 in 1973 -- a streak of 47 straight seasons (entering 2021).
  3. Isiah Kiner-Falefa has multiple hits in five of his last six games and eight of his 18 games this month. He is batting .343 (24-for-70) this month but just one of those hits has gone for extra bases.
  4. Baltimore dropped two of three in Philadelphia and has lost 10 of its last 12 games, four of them by just one run, including both losses to the Phillies. The Orioles are 12-24 (.333) in one-run games this season, second worst in MLB ahead of the Diamondbacks (9-29, .237).
  5. Cedric Mullins hit his fifth triple of the season on Wednesday, most on the team and tied for third in the AL. He needs just one home run to record the second 30/30 season in franchise history -- the St. Louis Browns' Ken Williams had 39 homers and 37 steals in 1922.
  6. Zac Lowther will get the start for the Orioles, his fourth start this month after just one start from April to August. Lowther is 0-2 with an 11.85 ERA and a .322 opponent AVG as a starter compared to a 4.50 ERA and .250 opponent AVG as a reliever.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/23/2021 thru 9/26/2021

Baltimore Orioles rookie left-hander Alexander Wells will take another shot at his first major league victory as a starting pitcher when he takes the mound against the visiting Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Wells (1-3, 7.96 ERA) is scheduled to make his seventh start of the season in the second game of a four-game series.

His start will come less than 24 hours after another Baltimore rookie left-hander claimed his first major league win. Zac Lowther threw five effective innings in a 3-0 victory against Texas on Thursday night, the second shutout in the past four games for Baltimore (49-104).

Wells became the 13th Australian-born pitcher to start a major league game when he faced the Tampa Bay Rays on July 21.

The 24-year-old was in line to win that game after limiting the Rays to three runs in 5 2/3 innings, but Tampa Bay scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to prevail 5-4.

Wells has not thrown enough innings to be eligible for a win in three of his five starts since the Tampa Bay game, or he hasn't been sharp enough. A couple of times, it was a combination of both.

Wells allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings on Sept. 14 against the New York Yankees and took the loss in the 7-2 defeat.

He gave up five runs and six hits in five innings on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox and did not receive the decision in the Orioles' 8-6 loss.

Wells said he's looking forward to facing a team from outside the powerful American League East.

"It's been pretty difficult, but a challenge which I've been looking forward to," he said. "I'm always up for the challenge and just want to keep it going."

The Rangers will counter with right-hander Spencer Howard, who is aiming for his first victory since he was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 30.

Howard (0-4, 6.86 ERA overall) has made six starts for Texas (55-98) but hasn't thrown more than three innings in those outings.

Howard, a second-round pick by Philadelphia in the 2017 draft, is coming off his sharpest outing for the Rangers. He threw three shutout innings against the visiting Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Howard allowed one hit, struck out three and walked three in a game that Texas won 2-1.

"My goal for (Saturday) was just to go out and compete," Howard said. "I think I threw a lot more pitches with a lot more conviction than in my past starts."

The Rangers haven't won since that contest, dropping consecutive games.

Texas manager Chris Woodward is hoping for better run support for Howard after the Rangers were limited to three runs or fewer for the ninth straight game on Thursday.

"I think it's kind of wearing on us a little bit," Woodward said. "For a while there, we were doing a decent job. I think it comes with a youthful team and an inexperienced team. You kind of ride the highs and ride the lows a little too much."

Woodward was particularly frustrated with the second inning on Thursday, when the Rangers put their first two batters on base and then had back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout to the pitcher.

"Three at-bats in a row we didn't even get a good swing off on a quality pitch," he said. "That's something we can control, and that's something that we have to do a better job of or we're not going to put runs on the board."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 24, 2021


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