Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Adley Rutschman is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez in the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Baltimore. Orioles' James McCann scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Rangers Look to Close Out Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles are looking to keep their season alive against the Texas Rangers Tuesday night. The Rangers took the first two games against the Orioles in Baltimore and now have a chance to win the series at home to advance to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 2011.

Series Recap

In Game 1, the Rangers sneaked by with a 3-2 victory. Evan Carter, Jonah Heim and Josh Jung knocked in runs for Texas, and three runs were all they needed to secure the win.

In Game 2, the Rangers’ bats dominated from the start, scoring 11 runs to win 11-8.  Baltimore’s pitching in Game 2 struggled throughout, as they could not find a pitcher who could contain the Texas offense.

Game 3 Preview

Right-handed pitcher Dean Kremer will start Game 3 for the Orioles on the mound.  Kremer lost to the Rangers on May 27 when he gave up three runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings.  Overall, he’s 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA in three career starts versus the Rangers and he’ll have the task of keeping the O’s season alive.

Gunnar Henderson is one of the main offensive threats in Baltimore’s lineup. So far this series, he has three hits, with one home run and RBI.

Right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will toe the Rubber for the Rangers. Eovaldi has had a successful career against the Orioles recording an 8-2 record with a 3.23 ERA and 90 strikeouts.

Players to Watch:

Mitch Garver played a major role in the Rangers’ Game 2 victory, tallying six RBIs and a grand slam.  Game 2 was Garver’s first game of the postseason and he’ll look to carry over his performance into Game 3. He bats third tonight.

Anthony Santander had an impressive Game 1 on Saturday for Baltimore, going 2-for-3 with a home run. However, he struggled in Game 2, going 0-for-5. If the Orioles want a chance to keep their season alive, Santander will have to produce offensively in the middle of the lineup.

Game 3 starts at 8:03 p.m. at Globe Life Field.

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