September 7, 2019 / 2:35 AM / 9 days ago

Calhoun homers twice as Rangers pull out win over Orioles

EditorsNote: Changes to Nos. 8 & 9 hitters in graf 8; corrects count, makes clear Choo got the bases-loaded hit in graf 8; other minor edits

Sep 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Willie Calhoun (5) hits a solo home run during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Willie Calhoun homered twice and drove in four runs, both career highs, to help the visiting Texas Rangers earn a 7-6 win against the Baltimore Orioles in the second game of their four-game series on Friday night.

Shin-Soo Choo, Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus had two hits each, and Andrus delivered a two-run single in the seventh to move Texas ahead for the first time since it took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Richie Martin hit a three-run home run for the Orioles, Anthony Santander hit a two-run shot and Trey Mancini had a solo homer.

Rangers rookie right-hander Brock Burke had gone six innings in all three of his previous outings and hadn’t allowed more than two runs in any game, but he allowed six runs and six hits in five innings against the Orioles, leaving him still in search of his first major league win.

Brett Martin (2-3) pitched a scoreless sixth before the Rangers scored three runs to move ahead in the seventh.

Jose Leclerc pitched out of a jam in the ninth to record his 11th save.

Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings and the bullpen was unable to hold his slim lead.

Bundy departed after allowing a double to Scott Heineman to start the seventh inning. Paul Fry (1-8) entered and walked the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters on four straight pitches to load the bases. After falling behind 2-0 to Choo, he got two strikes before Choo singled to right to drive in a run and keep the bases full.

Shawn Armstrong came in to face Andrus and gave up a single to left center to plate two more runs and give Texas a 7-6 lead.

Burke was one out away from getting through the fifth inning with the score still tied at 4-4, but Santander hit his 18th homer of the season for a 6-4 lead.

Calhoun and Mancini traded solo homers in the first inning, then Martin hit a three-run homer in the second for a 4-1 lead. Calhoun matched him in the third to knot the game back up at 4-4.

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