BALTIMORE (AP) — Erik Bedard struck out 11 over seven innings to win his ninth straight decision, and the Baltimore Orioles got home runs from Miguel Tejada and Aubrey Huff in a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Bedard (13-4) increased his AL-leading strikeout total to 218, matching Mike Mussina’s club record in 1997. Bedard, who walked none and struck out at least one batter in every inning, has 26 strikeouts in two games against Texas this season.
After striking out 19 times against Minnesota on Sunday, including 17 against Johan Santana, the Rangers followed Monday’s rainout in Baltimore by flailing at Bedard’s offerings throughout a soggy night.
Playing at Camden Yards for the first time since his horrid 2005 season with the Orioles, Texas DH Sammy Sosa went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Gerald Laird and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each struck out twice.
Bedard gave up five hits and two runs, both in the seventh inning. The left-hander is 9-0 in 12 starts since June 15.
Jim Hoey worked a perfect eighth and Danys Baez got the final three outs. Neither recorded a strikeout.
The Orioles got all the runs they needed in a three-run first inning against Vicente Padilla (3-9). After Brian Roberts led off with a double and scored on an infield hit by Nick Markakis, Tejada started a three-hit night with his 12th home run.
Texas has been outscored 93-47 in the first inning this season. In the 77 games in which the opposition has scored first, the Rangers have won only 22.