The Orioles haven’t scored in the first three innings tonight against Rangers left-hander Derek Holland.
It’s not due to a lack of opportunities.
The Orioles are 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and have stranded five. They trail 1-0 as we head to the top of the fourth.
Manny Machado and Adam Jones had back-to-back singles in the first inning. J.J. Hardy led off the second with a single and advanced on Nate McLouth’s sacrifice bunt. Nick Markakis and Machado opened the third with back-to-back singles.
Chris Davis, chosen to the Home Run Derby earlier today, has struck out in both at-bats tonight, stranding four runners. Matt Wieters has done the same, minus the Derby invite.
Machado’s two singles increase his hit total to 121 this season. He has 35 multi-hit games this season.
Markakis has 14 hits in his last nine games.
Scott Feldman, making his first Camden Yards start as an Oriole, gave up a two-out RBI single to Ian Kinsler in the top of the third inning. Elvis Andrus led off with a single and advanced on two ground balls.
Wieters threw out Kinsler trying to steal to end the inning.
Feldman hasn’t walked a batter in nine innings with the Orioles. He hasn’t issued a free pass in five of his last eight starts, including tonight.
He walked only one batter in two other starts during that stretch.
Update: The Rangers scored again in the top of the fourth on a double, two singles and Feldman’s second hit batter of the night. It took a double play grounder from Andrus to minimize the damage.
The Orioles struck back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead.
Machado’s third single delivered the tie-breaking run. He has 11 three-hit games this season and two four-hit games. He’s totaled 122 hits this season.
Machado’s 13 games with at least three hits leads the majors. He was tied with five other players before tonight.
Hardy started the rally with a leadoff walk and Nate McLouth followed with a double. He was ruled safe on an extremely close play at second base.
Brian Roberts followed with a slow roller to first baseman Mitch Moreland, who threw behind Holland for an error. Two runs scored and Roberts was credited with one RBI.
Alexi Casilla laid down the Orioles’ second sacrifice bunt in four innings. Markakis grounded out, but Machado followed with another hit.
The Orioles scored two runs in four of their six games on the road trip. They have three tonight over four innings despite being 1-for-11 with RISP and leaving eight on base.
Wieters has struck out three times and left seven on base.