Rangers 8, Orioles 4
Winner: Kela (1-0)
Loser: McFarland (0-1)
WHAT WENT RIGHT: The Orioles continued to hit home runs at a record pace. Manny Machado hit his fourth, Adam Jones had his first and Chris Davis added his fifth.
Yovani Gallardo held Texas to two runs in six innings.
Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop combined on another gorgeous double play.
WHAT WENT WRONG: Gallardo issued a leadoff walk to start the seventh, and very quickly, the Rangers were on their way to a six-run inning.
After allowing a double to Delino DeShields, T.J. McFarland replaced Gallardo, and he gave up two runs on three hits.
Mark Trumbo’s error in right field led to another run, and Texas went from a 4-2 deficit to an 8-4 lead.
MILKING A STARTER: Gallardo hasn’t recorded an out in the seventh inning in his last 20 starts, and manager Buck Showalter badly wanted him to get into the seventh.
The strategy backfired.
HOME RUNS NOT ENOUGH: The Orioles have 23 home runs in 11 games, but all three of the homers were solo shots.
HERE’S A FIRST: Pedro Alvarez had his first RBI as an Oriole, on a single in the fifth inning.
STREAKING: Machado has hit in all 11 games this season. According to STATS, former Orioles and Nationals manager Davey Johnson began 1971 by hitting in 17 straight, a team record.
MINOR MATTER: Right-hander Todd Redmond, who spent spring training with the Orioles, was released by Norfolk.
RAIN?: The Orioles and Rangers are scheduled to play the final game of their four-game series on Sunday, but heavy rain is in the forecast for Arlington, Texas. Fortunately, Monday is an open date for both teams.
UP NEXT: Mike Wright (1-0, 7.20) faces Derek Holland (1-0, 2.31) on Sunday at 3:05 p.m.