ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Orioles got a strong outing from Kevin Gausman to beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 on Saturday.
Gausman (8-7) went 8 2-3 innings to win his fifth consecutive decision over seven starts. He struck out eight and threw 118 pitches.
Zach Britton converted his 56th straight save chance, and seventh this season. He relieved with two on and got Carlos Gomez to ground out, completed the Orioles’ sixth shutout this season.
The Rangers, who had scored 28 runs the previous three games, were held scoreless for the fourth time.
Trey Mancini and Caleb Joseph both hit solo homers in the second off Austin Bibens-Dirkx (3-1).
The closest Texas came to scoring was when young slugger Joey Gallo led off the third with a towering shot to straightway center field. Adam Jones got back to the 8-foot wall, leaped and caught the ball that looked like it would be Gallo’s 26th homer.
Bibens-Dirkx, the 32-year-old rookie right-hander, started in place of righty Tyson Ross, who went on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand after his start last Saturday.
Bibens-Dirkx allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, with one strikeout and three walks.
Orioles: RHP Jeremy Hellickson’s vehicle got rear-ended when he was on the way to the airport to join the Orioles after being traded from Philadelphia late Friday night. Manager Buck Showalter said the pitcher was OK, but his girlfriend had to go to the emergency room. Hellickson will now go to Baltimore, instead of joining the team for the finale in Texas on Sunday. …. Showalter said RHP Chris Tillman had “some all-body cramping” Friday night that probably affected him commanding his pitches.
Orioles: LHP Wade Miley (4-9) starts as Baltimore tries to close the season series 6-1 against Texas.
Rangers: While Beltre goes for his 3,000th hit, lefty Martin Perez is scheduled to make his 20th start of the season. The Rangers have scored one run total for Perez (5-8, 4.67) in his last two starts.
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