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BAL@TEX: Beltre mashes a two-run shot in the third

ARLINGTON -- Even though the scorebook will read that the Rangers made no errors at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington during Monday's 13-4 win against the Orioles, it is incorrect -- there was one.

Rangers manager Ron Washington pinch-hit Mike Napoli for first baseman Michael Young in the eighth inning when Young was a home run short of the cycle, because Washington made a scoring error.

"He had two doubles, he didn't have a triple," Washington said.

When informed otherwise, all he could do was shake his head and laugh.

"He did? Man, I screwed that one up," Washington said. "My card had two doubles. I thought he had the triple last night. I screwed that one up."

Such team-wide performances have a way of making any kind of errors seem minimal.

Nine of the 11 Rangers who stepped up to the plate got a hit, and seven had multihit games.

Texas also improved to 9-0 on the season when it scores in the double digits.

"It's why they won the American League Championship last year," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "You have to look at it as an opportunity instead of something that is going to be too challenging. We've got to do better."

While the usual performers like Young and Adrian Beltre both contributed with multihit games and extra-base hits, what made the Rangers even tougher was the production they got from the bottom of the lineup.

The 7-8-9 hitters -- David Murphy, Yorvit Torrealba and Endy Chavez -- all chipped in with multihit games.

"We've talked about depth in this lineup ever since Spring Training," Murphy said. "Endy didn't even make our team out of Spring Training, and it's a great sign. We like to think of ourselves as a team that will try to beat you 1-9. We'd like to think that there's not a spot in our lineup that's not going to go out there and be a tough out."

Chavez had two hits -- including a home run -- and tied a career-high with four RBIs.

"I'm trying to get him in there against the right-handers like I do for [Craig] Gentry against the left-handers," Washington said. "But he and Murphy, I've got to make sure I keep them both engaged."

Midway through the top of the second inning, it looked like the only source of laughter postgame would be coming from the Orioles' locker room.

Colby Lewis gave up a long two-run homer to Mark Reynolds and followed that up by giving up a hard single to Matt Wieters.

It looked like the wheels were about to come off for Lewis, in much the same way they did for Derek Holland in Holland's five-run, two-out start on Saturday.

Torrealba went out to settle down Lewis, visiting the mound at just the right time.

"He was overthrowing a little bit," Torrealba said. "Flying off with the front shoulder. His slider was kind of flat and most pitches were over the plate. He was yanking the fastball to righties, so I just told him to stay closed, keep that front shoulder closed, and throw it through me."

Lewis visibly settled down and did not allow another hit after the second inning until the sixth. That was the difference between the 24-year-old Holland's start and the 31-year-old Lewis' start two days later.

"Colby knows what he has to do. He knows what mistakes he made when he hung the ball to Reynolds," Washington said. Everything was just middle-middle in that second inning, and then he started moving it off the middle and getting it to the corners."

Lewis got the win after allowing three runs, five hits, three walks and four strikeouts over seven innings.

"Fastball location," Lewis said of the key to his outing. "That's what I harp on, and that's what [pitching coach] Mike [Maddux] harps on, pitching with my fastball. When you miss down the middle like I did tonight against Reynolds, he'll deposit it. So, it's one of those situations where you make good pitches, down and away, and it gives you more balance."

After Sunday's three-error game led to three unearned runs, the Rangers fielded the ball sharply throughout Monday's victory. While Washington said they had mentioned the defense in a team meeting before the game, it was hardly the first time the players have been told that they have to field the ball better.

"We try to emphasize the things that we have to do better, and certainly we mentioned again that we're better defensive players," Washington said. "We played 85 games and 75 errors? That was mentioned. You're going to see errors, that's a part of the game, but we're a better team than to be making them as often as we make them." Comments