After having their unbeaten run squelched by a rookie pitcher, the Rangers returned to form with a power-hitting display worthy of the team that owns the best record in the majors.
Adrian Beltre homered to cap a six-run third inning, and Texas used a 13-1 rout last night to gain a satisfying doubleheader split in Baltimore. In the first game, Zach Britton took a two-hitter into the eighth and the Orioles got homers from Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds in a 5-0 victory that ruined the Rangers’ stature as the last undefeated team.
Eager to rebound after managing only five hits in the opener, Texas unloaded on Orioles starter Jake Arrieta (1-1) in the nightcap. Arrieta gave up eight runs and six hits, including homers to Beltre and Mike Napoli, in 3 1/3 innings.
Beltre went 3 for 5 with three RBIs, and Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the ninth to finish with four RBIs.
“That’s what we can do,’’ manager Ron Washington said of the Rangers’ 13-hit attack.
Matt Harrison (2-0) allowed one run and two hits in seven innings for Texas, which is 7-1. Harrison retired 18 straight after giving up a second-inning homer to Adam Jones.
In the opener, the Rangers were seeking to match the franchise-best start of the 1996 club. But the defending AL champions fell behind, 5-0, after three innings.
Britton (2-0) allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings. He walked three, struck out two, and permitted only two runners past first base in his second big league start.
Giants 3, Cardinals 2 — Miguel Tejada hit a two-run double that glanced off the glove of center fielder Colby Rasmus with two outs in the ninth inning as host San Francisco rallied for the second straight game to beat St. Louis, a few hours after the Giants received their World Series rings.
White Sox 4, Rays 2 — A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run double and Phil Humber (1-0) pitched a career-high six innings to lead host Chicago.
Phillies 10, Braves 2 — Carlos Ruiz hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning and finished with a career-best five RBIs, and visiting Philadelphia pounded out 15 hits, eight for extra bases.
Dodgers 4, Padres 0 — Hiroki Kuroda pitched 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball as visiting Los Angeles took home its second victory of the day. Earlier, Tony Gwynn Jr. singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 11th inning as Los Angeles won, 4-2, in a game that had been suspended early yesterday morning after four rain delays.
Mets 8, Nationals 4 — Carlos Beltran hit a pair of homers and Ike Davis put host New York ahead with a two-run triple in the sixth.
Brewers 6, Cubs 0 — Prince Fielder drove in four runs and Chris Narveson (1-0) struck out nine in seven scoreless innings for host Milwaukee.
Reds 6, Diamondbacks 1 — At Phoenix, Bronson Arroyo (2-0) allowed an unearned run in six innings, and Cincinnati piled on with a four-run ninth.
Marlins 7, Astros 5 — Greg Dobbs’s two-run homer in the sixth tied it for Florida, and Dobbs sealed the road win with an RBI double in the eighth.
Royals 3, Tigers 1 — Bruce Chen (1-0) allowed three hits over six impressive innings for visiting Kansas City.
Athletics 1, Twins 0 — Gio Gonzalez (2-0) tossed six sharp innings and Oakland got by in Minneapolis by scoring an unearned run.
Indians 2, Mariners 1 — Cleveland scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning (one unearned) and Justin Masterson (2-0) held host Seattle to four hits and a run over 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine.
Rockies 6, Pirates 4 — Ty Wigginton hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the eighth to give visiting Colorado the win.