Orioles outlast Rangers 10-9 on Mullins’ double in 10th

Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_08799 Texas Rangers' Nathaniel Low hits a three-run home run off Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Nick Vespi during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore. Rangers' Corey Seager and Jonah Heim scored on the home run. The Orioles won 10-9 in ten innings.
Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_16890 Baltimore Orioles' Cedric Mullins singles against the Texas Rangers during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 10-9 in ten innings.
Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_21954 Baltimore Orioles' Ryan McKenna runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Texas Rangers relief pitcher John King during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 10-9 in ten innings.
APTOPIX_Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_47710 Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim bobbles a foul ball by Baltimore Orioles' Robinson Chirinos on a bunt attempt during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore. Heim was able to catch the ball to make the out. The Orioles won 10-9 in ten innings.
Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_44534 Baltimore Orioles' Rougned Odor gestures toward the Texas Rangers dugout while running the bases after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 10-9 in ten innings.
Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_05735 Texas Rangers relief pitcher Joe Barlow, waits for a new ball as Baltimore Orioles' Rougned Odor, right, runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off him during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 10-9 in ten innings.
Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_74517 Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Austin Voth throws a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore.
Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_16972 Texas Rangers' Corey Seager walks on the field after flying out against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore.
Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_92385 Texas Rangers' Josh Smith hits a sacrifice fly ball to score Nathaniel Lowe from third base against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore.
Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_18104 Baltimore Orioles' Ryan McKenna (26) steals second base as Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien waits for the throw from catcher Jonah Heim during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore.
Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_10342 A colorful sky is seen at sunset time during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore.
Rangers_Orioles_Baseball_00287 Baltimore Orioles second baseman Rougned Odor (12) catches a throw from catcher Robinson Chirinos, not visible, while trying to pick off Texas Rangers' Jonah Heim, left, at second base during the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Baltimore.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Cedric Mullins doubled in the winning run in the 10th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 Tuesday night in a wild game that featured several comebacks and clutch home runs.

Mullins hit a two-out liner into the gap off Matt Moore (3-2) to bring home Ryan McKenna, who started the inning at second base.

Joey Krehbiel (4-3) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 10th for the Orioles, who have won three straight following a four-game skid.

This one was particularly enjoyable, even if they couldn’t shake the Rangers until the game’s final play. The Orioles became the first team in major league history to allow a game-tying or go-ahead homer in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings and still win the game, according to Stats.

“That’s a great feeling, to be in the fight all night and to come out on top,” Mullins said. “We had a lot of chances to end it early, but it’s huge for our pitching staff to know they have guys they can count on if they don’t come out strong.”

Texas trailed 4-0 in the second inning, 7-4 in the eighth and 8-7 in the ninth before rallying. Not to be outdone, Baltimore pulled out of a 9-8 deficit in the ninth when Rougned Odor hit a two-out, solo shot to right-center off Joe Barlow.

Mitch Garver, Nathaniel Lowe and Corey Seagar homered for the Rangers, who have connected in 11 straight games, tying their longest run of the season.

“We fought. We had some big hits there at the end,” manager Chris Woodward said.

But poor pitching from a weary relief staff was too much to overcome.

“We were pretty thin in the bullpen. Some of those guys we wanted to stay away from came in and pitched and gave it everything they had,” Woodward said. “The pitches we gave up got too much of the plate.”

After Lowe hit a three-run drive to pull the Rangers into a 7-7 tie in the eighth, McKenna opened the bottom half with his first home run of the season, off John King. McKenna thrust his arm in the air after the ball landed in the front row of seats beyond a left-field wall that was moved back and raised before the season.

But the advantage lasted only briefly. Félix Bautista gave up a one-out single before Seager homered to give the Rangers their first lead.

Baltimore went up 4-0 in the second inning against right-hander Spencer Howard. After Jorge Mateo hit a two-out RBI single, Mullins doubled in two runs and Trey Mancini doubled into the left-field corner.

Called up from Triple-A Round Rock to make his second career start, Howard gave up four runs and six hits over four innings.

“He did OK,” Woodward said. “Obviously that second inning kind of got away from him.”

After Texas loaded the bases in the fifth inning against starter Austin Voth, Keegan Akin gave up a sacrifice fly to Josh Smith. Marcus Semien then bounced a run-scoring single off third base and Seager lined an RBI single to center.

Garver led off the seventh with a homer off Akin to make 4-all. He became the seventh Rangers player on the team to reach double figures in home runs.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

The Rangers (37-42) haven’t been at .500 since the end of May and are assured of having a losing record at the 81-game midpoint. Two stats stand out: Texas is 13-37 when scoring five runs or less and 4-16 in one-run games. “The guys are playing hard. They’re fighting, they’re grinding,” Woodward said. “They’re really frustrated in that locker room.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: OF Austin Hays was not in the starting lineup because his right wrist was still sore after being hit by a pitch Monday. … 1B Ryan Mountcastle did not start because of a “sinus issue,” according to manager Brandon Hyde. … RHP Kyle Bradish (shoulder inflammation) will pitch in a simulated game “in the next couple of days,” Hyde said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Glenn Otto (4-4, 5.63 ERA) starts the series finale Wednesday night. He’s 0-2 with a 15.00 ERA in two starts since coming off the COVID-19 list.

Orioles: RHP Spenser Watkins (1-1, 4.61) makes his first career appearance against Texas. It will be Watkins’ 11th start of the season and sixth at home, where he’s 0-0 with a 5.51 ERA.

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