ARLINGTON (AP) — Erik Bedard struck out 15 to tie a franchise record and allowed two hits in his first career shutout, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Texas Rangers 3-0 Saturday night.
Bedard (7-4) faced the minimum 27 hitters. Desi Relaford singled with one out in the first and Sammy Sosa singled leading off the eighth, but Bedard induced double-play grounders to erase each runner.
Jay Gibbons homered and Brandon Fahey had an RBI single in the ninth inning for Baltimore, which posted its first shutout of the season. Bedard bounced back from one of his worst outings of the season — he allowed six runs in 5 2-3 innings Monday against the Chicago White Sox.
Brandon McCarthy (4-6) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings for Texas, which was blanked for the third time. He struck out three and walked two. McCarthy was making his second start since coming off the disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger.
Gibbons gave Bedard all the run support he needed when he hit his fifth home run of the season with one out in the second. Aubrey Huff also scored on catcher Gerald Laird’s throwing error in the fourth.
Bedard, who did not walk a batter, leads the big leagues with 149 strikeouts. His previous career best for strikeouts was 12, which done four times in his career.
Mike Mussina also struck out 15 for Baltimore, accomplishing it three times — including once in the playoffs.
Bedard struck out the side in both the second and fifth innings. Brad Wilkerson struck out three times, and Relaford, Sosa, Marlon Byrd, Travis Metcalf and Victor Diaz each struck out twice.
Notes: The Rangers hadn’t allowed a home run in their previous six games. It was their longest streak since nine games April 12-22, 1998. … The Orioles are 9-8 since interim manager Dave Trembley took over from Sam Perlozzo.