MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Texas0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 050
Baltimore0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 x 370
  W: Z. Lowther (1-2)   L: G. Otto (0-3)   S: T. Wells (4)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, September 23, 2021
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 6,328

Rookie starters to duel as Rangers battle Orioles

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Texas Rangers at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Orioles took two out of three in Arlington April 16-18, their first series win over the Rangers since July 2018. Texas swept a four-game series at Camden Yards from September 5-8, 2019 after the Orioles had won 15 of their previous 20 home games against the Rangers dating back to 2013.
  2. Texas was swept in a three-game set at Yankee Stadium to fall to 55-97, the Rangers' most losses since a 62-99 season in 1985. Texas has not lost 100 games in a season since going 57-105 in 1973 -- a streak of 47 straight seasons (entering 2021).
  3. Isiah Kiner-Falefa has multiple hits in five of his last six games and eight of his 18 games this month. He is batting .343 (24-for-70) this month but just one of those hits has gone for extra bases.
  4. Baltimore dropped two of three in Philadelphia and has lost 10 of its last 12 games, four of them by just one run, including both losses to the Phillies. The Orioles are 12-24 (.333) in one-run games this season, second worst in MLB ahead of the Diamondbacks (9-29, .237).
  5. Cedric Mullins hit his fifth triple of the season on Wednesday, most on the team and tied for third in the AL. He needs just one home run to record the second 30/30 season in franchise history -- the St. Louis Browns' Ken Williams had 39 homers and 37 steals in 1922.
  6. Zac Lowther will get the start for the Orioles, his fourth start this month after just one start from April to August. Lowther is 0-2 with an 11.85 ERA and a .322 opponent AVG as a starter compared to a 4.50 ERA and .250 opponent AVG as a reliever.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/23/2021 thru 9/26/2021

Texas Rangers right-hander Glenn Otto and Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zac Lowther have plenty in common heading into their head-to-head matchup Thursday night.

Not only were the 25-year-olds selected in the early rounds of the 2017 draft, but both will be making their fifth major league start in search of their first victory when they take the mound in the opener of the four-game series in Baltimore.

Otto (0-2, 9.37 ERA) had a solid debut on Aug. 27, throwing five shutout innings against the Houston Astros, but he hasn't built on that success, instead taking a major step back in his past two outings.

Otto gave up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings of a 10-5 road loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sept. 10. Then he faced Houston again at home on Sept. 16 and didn't come close to replicating his previous performance against the Astros, getting tagged for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings of a 12-1 loss.

"You're going to go through it," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "You can ask every pitcher, no matter how good they were. You're going to have to figure out a way, especially in a game like (Thursday) against a really good (Astros) lineup."

All seven runs Otto allowed in his latest start came in the fourth inning. He walked four in the game, three in the key frame.

"I wasn't quite getting ahead of as many guys tonight from the get-go," Otto said postgame. "I was able to fight through during those first three innings. And in that fourth inning, it showed a little bit more, obviously, with the walks and leaving some balls over the middle of the plate."

Woodward is confident Otto will turn the page against the Orioles (48-104), who are tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the worst record in the majors.

Baltimore gave the contending Philadelphia Phillies plenty to handle the past three days, however.

The Orioles blanked the Phillies 2-0 on Monday and then sent them to 10 innings before losing 3-2 on Tuesday. Baltimore battled Philadelphia again on Wednesday night before ultimately falling 4-3.

Lowther (0-2, 9.61 ERA) has made eight appearances for the Orioles this season, including four starts.

Just like Otto in his most recent outing, Lowther also went 3 1/3 innings in his latest start, Saturday at Boston, and similarly had one bad inning. Lowher's came in the first, when he gave up three runs in a 9-3 loss to the Red Sox.

"Trying to roll with the punches," Lowther said. "My stuff's not really where I want it to be. Really continuing to battle through some of the command issues that I've been having, but being able to go out there and battle against a team like the Red Sox, it's tough and you have to take it head on."

The Rangers (55-97) aren't the Red Sox, as they have lost four in a row and seven of their past eight.

Texas fell 7-3 on Wednesday against the New York Yankees to finish 4-9 in a 13-game stretch against the A's, Astros, Chicago White Sox and Yankees, four of the top eight teams in the AL.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 23, 2021

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