BALTIMORE -- The Rangers struck back quickly from their first loss and shutout of the season to earn a split of their doubleheader against the Orioles on Saturday night at Camden Yards.The Rangers jumped on Orioles starter Jake Arrieta for six runs in the third inning, and Matt Harrison was outstanding in earning his second win in two starts with a 13-1 victory in Game 2. Adrian Beltre, 3-for-28 on the season to that point, finished off the six-run rally with a two-run home run and led the Rangers with three hits. The victory allowed the Rangers to avoid getting swept in a doubleheader for only the second time since the beginning of the 2004 season. They have eight sweeps and five splits in their last 14 doubleheaders. The Rangers haven't been swept since May 3, 2007, against the Yankees. "It was great to see the resiliency," outfielder David Murphy said. "Just because we [were] held down in the first game doesn't mean we have to let it affect us in the second game. Instead, we played our game."
The Rangers, after having just five hits in the first game and losing 5-0 to rookie left-hander Zach Britton, had 13 hits in the nightcap. They also hit three home runs after going three games without one. Beltre's two-run home run ended a streak of seven straight home runs by the Rangers with nobody on base. Nelson Cruz hit a three-run home run, his fifth of the season, in the ninth."Both their guys have good stuff," infielder Michael Young said. "The kid in the first game had good stuff and the kid in the second game did, too. We just did a better job locking in on the strike zone in the second game and stayed more disciplined within the plate." But, as manager Ron Washington said, "We had good at-bats and scored some runs, but you've got to pitch and we had good pitching." Harrison was that and more, allowing just two hits and a walk over seven innings. He fell behind, 1-0, when he gave up a leadoff home run to Adam Jones in the second inning. But he struck out the next three hitters and retired 18 hitters in a row overall before leaving after seven innings. "After Jones hit his home run, I got a little ticked off and stated making my pitches," Harrison said. "Tonight, I was inconsistent with my offspeed stuff and pretty much stuck with my fastball." The only other baserunners he allowed came a two-out walk to Derrek Lee and a single to Vladimir Guerrero in the first. Harrison is now 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA to start the season. "He has been great," Young said. "That's what he's capable of doing. We just have to make sure he stays healthy. He was facing a good lineup. They have a lot more veteran guys and he did a great job staying with it." Harrison just needed some runs and Murphy started the third-inning rally by drawing a four-pitch walk off of Arrieta, the former TCU right-hander who wears No. 34 in honor of his childhood hero Nolan Ryan. Arrieta beat Detroit in his first start of the year, and had a three-game winning streak going back to last year before everything started to unravel with the walk to Murphy. Murphy then stole second. Mike Napoli, trying to move the runner over, did just that with a looping single to right and Mitch Moreland walked to load the bases. "You know, the four-pitch walk to start the inning to Murphy, that really hurt there," Arrieta said. "The stolen base ... I've got to develop the rhythm [to] keep the tempo up. When [hitters] see guys ahead of them putting good swings on pitches and working the counts, it boosts their confidence." Arrieta did get Ian Kinsler to hit a first-pitch grounder to third baseman Mark Reynolds, who got the force at home for one out. But Elvis Andrus lined a single to right to score two runs while moving Kinsler to third. After Andrus stole second, Josh Hamilton singled to right to bring home two more runs, and Beltre followed with a two-run home run to deep left. It was his second of the season and first home run and RBIs since a grand slam last Saturday against the Red Sox. He finished the day 6-for-33 on the season. "It's a little disappointing, but I started really well. I was on a roll early," said Arrieta, who retired the first six batters he faced before the walk to Murphy. "It just kind of got away from me. That's a great lineup, and when I did miss, they didn't. That's what good hitters are going to do." Arrieta struck out the next three hitters before Napoli smashed his third home run of the season with one out in the fourth. Arrieta was pulled after Moreland reached on a single but was tagged for one more run when Kinsler doubled off of reliever Josh Rupe. By then, Harrison was in complete control and making sure there would be no sweep. "Their guy pitched a great game in the first game," Harrison said. "We're not going to get shutout very often and we swung the bats in the second game. Once I got a nice cushion, I wanted to get them back in the dugout as quickly as possible."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.