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June 5, 2014

Markakis’ homer, single help O’s top Rangers 6-5

Baltimore wins fourth straight

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Markakis hit a home run and the go-ahead single, Chris Davis homered against his former team just as Nelson Cruz did a day earlier, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 Wednesday night.
Markakis’ single in the sixth inning came after Adrian Beltre’s second home run of the game — a three-run shot — pulled Texas even at 5-all in the fifth. Beltre drove in all five Texas runs.
Cruz had three singles and reached twice on errors by Luis Sardinas, a surprise fill-in at shortstop for Elvis Andrus. It was the second time in less than a week the two-time All-Star wasn’t in the starting lineup. 
Bud Norris (4-5) allowing six hits and five runs in five innings for the Orioles, and the bullpen pitched four scoreless innings. Zach Britton earned his fifth save.
Davis, who was traded to the Orioles by Texas in 2011 and led the majors with 53 homers last year, had his eighth this season on a towering shot to right field for a 5-2 lead in the fifth. 
Cruz, who chose Baltimore over Texas as a free agent in the offseason and leads the big leagues with 21 home runs, hit a three-run homer in a series-opening win Tuesday.
Markakis hit his fourth homer against rookie starter Nick Martinez (1-2) in the third. The left-handed hitter’s go-ahead single came off Aaron Poreda, a lefty brought in to face him.
Beltre gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with an opposite-field shot off the facing of the upper deck in right field in the first inning and went the other away again in the fifth for his eighth homer of the season.
Beltre’s tying shot came after Norris was hit on the right forearm on a one-hopper by Mitch Moreland that turned into a single. After a lengthy chat with manager Buck Showalter and the trainer, Norris stayed in and got two quick strikes on Beltre, who fouled off three more pitches before sending a line drive into the Texas bullpen.

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