Rangers 2, Orioles 1, 12 innings

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Mark DeRosa homered with one out in the 12th inning to give the Texas Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

DeRosa, in his fourth game back from the disabled list, hit a full-count pitch off John Halama (1-1) to right-center field, giving the Rangers their 10th win in 13 games.

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the third when DeRosa had a leadoff double, went to third on a bunt single by Gary Matthews Jr. and scored on Michael Young’s sacrifice fly.

That was DeRosa’s fourth double in 11 at-bats since returning. The second baseman also had an impressive defensive play in the third, going far to his left and diving to stop a short hopper, then throwing from his knee to get Chris Gomez out.

Miguel Tejada remained the majors’ top hitter at .405 after going 0-for-5. He reached on an error by DeRosa to start the 12th against Rick Bauer (2-1), but Jay Gibbons grounded into a double play.

Gibbons homered for the only run for the Orioles, who have lost eight of their last 1.

Both teams had two runners on in the 10th.

Chris Gomez lined out for Baltimore after consecutive two-out singles. After rookie shortstop Brandon Fahey bobbled a potential double-play grounder in the bottom of the 10th, Mark Teixeira grounded into an inning-ending double play.

John Koronko, the rookie left-hander acquired from the Chicago Cubs on March 31, got 14 groundball outs with four strikeouts and no walks over 8 1-3 innings – the longest outing by a Texas pitcher this season. That wasn’t good enough for his fourth win.

After Melvin Mora’s one-out single in the ninth with the game tied 1-1, Akinori Otsuka took over and Tejada grounded into a double play.

Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera allowed one run and six hits over seven innings.

Gibbons’ seventh homer came with two outs in the fourth. Jeff Conine led off the fifth with his second double, a high popup that dropped in short right field when outfielder Kevin Mench couldn’t see it looking into the lights.

Conine didn’t score, making the final out of the fifth when he got caught in a rundown between third base and home plate. Catcher Rod Barajas bluffed a throw at Fahey when he took off running from first on a stolen base attempt.

Notes: Demoted Rangers closer Francisco Cordero worked a perfect 11th. … Cabrera took over the AL lead with 25 walks, one more than Tampa Bay’s Seth McClung. … Orioles C Javy Lopez missed his sixth straight game because of back spasms. … Barajas had a sacrifice bunt for the second straight night. That’s five sac bunts in 28 games for the Rangers this season – four shy of last year’s total. … Baltimore is 1-8 in games started by left-handers. They’ve lost eight in a row since beating Tampa Bay and Scott Kazmir on opening day. … Texas starters haven’t lost in the last 16 games. They are 6-0 in that stretch.

AP-ES-05-03-06 2333EDT

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