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O's Fall 4-3, Drop Series Finale to Rangers

June 07, 2019 - 8:48 am

By Joe Schiller

With a chance to clinch the series against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night, the Baltimore Orioles fell short. 

The Rangers took advantage of a banged up opposition and scored two runs in the sixth inning, fueled by errors from Chris Davis, to win 4-3 and take the series in the rubber match. 

Trey Mancini continued to bolster his All-Star resume and smacked a solo home run in the first inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. But it didn't last long. David Hess' struggles continued early on and the young starting pitcher gave up a home run to Hunter Pence and an RBI double to Ronald Buzman to take a 2-1 lead. 

Hess earned the loss, but posted a quality start, allowing eight hits and three earned runs in six innings pitched. 

Rain delays ensued throughout the game and Steve Wilkerson's RBI single came in clutch in the fifth inning to tie the game at 2-2. Davis found his bat and hit an RBI double in the top of the sixth inning to bring the Orioles within one run, but they fell to 19-43 on the season.

Injuries continued to pile up for the Orioles. After DJ Stewart, Pedro Severino, and Jonathan Villa exited Wednesday's game with injuries, Dwight Smith Jr. crashed into the outfield wall attempting to make a catch. 

According to reports from The Baltimore Sun's Jon Meoli, Smith could miss extended time after being placed in concussion protocol. 

The road trip continues to Brandon Hyde's squad. 

The Orioles head to Houston for a three-game series with the Astros. 

Gabriel Ynoa (0-2) will take the mound against Gerrit Cole (5-5) with first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.