Mateo’s 2 homers, 5 RBIs power Orioles past Rangers 8-2

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Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo, center, and Anthony Santander, right, celebrate in the dugout after Mateo hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. The shot also scored Terrin Vavra. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jorge Mateo homered twice and drove in five runs to help the Baltimore Orioles defeat the Texas Rangers 8-2. Batting ninth in the lineup, Mateo set his single-game highs for home runs and RBIs. He has 10 homers and 32 RBIs this season.

Texas starter Spencer Howard retired the first six Baltimore batters.

He hit Ramon Urias with a pitch leading off the third inning and walked rookie Terrin Vavra before giving up Mateo’s first homer on an 0-2 pitch. Adley Rutschman singled home a fourth run, and the lead grew to 5-0 on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Mountcastle.