Mark Reynolds is staying hot, no matter where he hits in the lineup.
Reynolds just belted his 19th home run, a two-run shot in the second inning that gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis hit Vladimir Guerrero on the left shoulder, and Reynolds followed with his third homer in three games and his fifth in five games. And like the others, it was a no-doubt shot to left field. Estimated distance: 407 feet.
Reynolds, batting fifth tonight, has matched his error total with those 19 homers.
Chris Jakubauskas will be challenged to hold that lead. If you watched O’s Xtra on MASN, you saw the graphic that detailed how Jakubauskas has a 2.70 ERA in his first two innings and a 7.04 ERA after the second. Teams are batting .152 against him in the first two innings and .354 after the second. His WHIP climbs from 0.90 to 2.02.
Jakubauskas is trying to become the first Orioles starter to earn a victory since Jeremy Guthrie on June 26.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy has been retired twice tonight and is in a 2-for-15 slump that includes seven strikeouts.
Down on the farm, Xavier Avery hit a three-run homer for Double-A Bowie. LJ Hoes, starting in right field, is 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, raising his average to .320. Second baseman Greg Miclat has two hits, his 25th stolen base and his 14th error.
Update: Well, the Orioles’ lead didn’t last long. The Rangers have scored four runs in the bottom of the second, the last two on Endy Chavez’s home run.
Alfredo Simon is warming in the bullpen. If he enters in relief, he won’t be starting tomorrow night.
Manager Buck Showalter indicated that a roster move could be announced after tonight’s game.