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10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE11:05 AM CT, September 26, 2021
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 13,495

Rookie of the Year candidates highlight Rangers-Orioles finale

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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

The Texas Rangers and the host Baltimore Orioles complete a four-game series Sunday afternoon that will feature the final meeting this season of two rookie-of-the year candidates.

Ryan Mountcastle (0-for-3, hit by pitch) of the Orioles and Adolis Garcia (0-for4) of the Rangers had quiet nights at the plate Saturday in Baltimore's 3-2 victory.

The Orioles (50-105) have taken two of the first three games from the Rangers (56-99).

"We really aren't going to decide this on this series," Garcia said earlier this week. "I think it's about the whole entire season. I've worked really hard, and I'm focused. (Mountcastle) is a really good player, and I wish him a lot of luck. But, at the end of the day, it's about going out there and competing and trying to do whatever you can to help the team."

Garcia did help his cause on Friday night going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a steal of home in an 8-5 win by the Rangers. Mountcastle was 2-for-5 in that game.

At the end of the game Saturday, Garcia had 30 home runs and 85 RBIs with a .744 OPS, and Mountcastle had 31 homers and 84 RBIs with an .806 OPS.

Defensive play in the outfield also figures to help Garcia's case.

He made a big throw against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night to record a spectacular out at home.

"I take a lot of pride in my defense," Garcia said through a translator. "And my offense as well. It's just whenever I feel like my offense isn't as good, I take an extra step to make sure my defense is better. Whatever it takes to help out."

Meanwhile Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins served only as a pinch hitter on Saturday, going 0-for-1. On Friday, he became the first player in team history with 30 home runs and 30 steals in the same season.

"It's crazy," Mullins said. "I don't even know if I've truly processed it yet, to be named the first Oriole to ever have a 30-30 season with the crazy amount of history that this team has, this organization has. To be able to claim that, to be the first one to do it, it's awesome."

"It's cool to watch somebody be so consistent and so good for so long," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "To watch it night in night out, he is so professional, and he's just really come into his own this year in so many ways, matured in so many ways."

The Orioles will start left-hander John Means (6-7, 3.25 ERA) in the series finale.

He will be facing the Rangers for the second time this season. He did not factor in the decision after seven scoreless innings on April 18. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out nine. He is 0-1, 1.37, in three career starts against Texas.

The Rangers will start right-hander Dane Dunning (5-9, 4.34) on Sunday. His one career outing against Baltimore was a start on April 17 when he pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits, but did not factor in the decision.

The Orioles recalled right-hander Spenser Watkins from Triple-A Norfolk and put right-hander Tyler Wells (right shoulder inflammation) on the injured list.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2021

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