Josh Bell became the fourth Orioles rookie to hit his first two major league home runs on the same day.
Jim Fuller did it on Sept. 25, 1973. Curt Blefary did it April 17, 1965. And Boog Powell did it May 2, 1962.
Cliff Lee hasn’t left a start before completing 6 1/3 innings this season. The Rangers’ bullpen is quiet again, so he’ll continue despite allowing seven runs and nine hits, and throwing 90 pitches, through the fifth.
Update: Bell came within a few feet of homering for the third time. The ball hit just above the grounds crew shed in right. He settled for a single.
Lee is gone after 5 2/3 innings.
Today’s attendance: 23,041.
One more Lee note: Lee is charged with eight earned runs, tying his career high. He’s posted a 8.59 ERA against the Orioles in his last two starts. His ERA against everyone else is 2.59.