ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre needed a pair of hits to enter the record books, but Kevin Gausman kept him out, at least temporarily. Gausman held Beltre to one hit and the Rangers scoreless over a career-high 8 2/3 innings to lead the Orioles to a 4-0 win on Saturday at
ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre needed a pair of hits to enter the record books, but Kevin Gausman kept him out, at least temporarily. Gausman held Beltre to one hit and the Rangers scoreless over a career-high 8 2/3 innings to lead the Orioles to a 4-0 win on Saturday at Globe Life Park.
Beltre finished the night 1-for-4, grounding out in all but one of his at-bats. He got career hit No. 2,999 in the fourth inning, but he'll have to wait until at least Sunday to get No. 3,000.
"Early on, I could tell it was going to be a different type of atmosphere in the ballpark tonight. I was just trying to not give it up to Beltre," Gausman said. "It was a lot of fun. Every time he came up, everybody in the stadium was standing. That was pretty cool."
After an up-and-down season, Gausman has turned in three consecutive quality starts, and he took this one a step further. He held the Rangers to seven hits, walking three and striking out eight.
"Comfortable pitching night for him, got us on the ground 11 times," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said of Gausman. "I think he got three different double-play balls that erased any threat that we had going, the eight strikeouts. … He seemed to be in control of what he wanted to do tonight."
The 26-year-old right-hander is 4-0 over his last four starts, good for the second-most wins in the American League this month.
"He's been solid for a while," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Gausman, who was the O's best starter down the stretch last year. "I can't tell how tough it is to pitch in this heat, in this ballpark with a full house and basically hold them to just about nothing."
Gausman was buoyed by second-inning solo homers from Trey Mancini and Caleb Joseph and third-inning RBIs from Mancini and Seth Smith. Austin Bibens-Dirkx took the loss for Texas, which has dropped to five games back in the AL Wild Card race, a game ahead of Baltimore.
Gausman got Beltre to ground into a double play on a nice play by third baseman Manny Machado in the ninth, but after a walk to Mike Napoli and a bloop singe by Rougned Odor, Showalter called for closer Zach Britton, who got Carlos Gomez on a groundout to extend his AL-record streak to 56 straight save opportunities converted.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Beltre gets No. 2,999: Beltre grounded out in the first inning, thanks to Ruben Tejada's stellar play deep in the hole at shortstop, but Beltre collected his 2,999th career hit when he led off the fourth with another grounder in the same spot. This one just got past Tejada into left field, putting Beltre within one hit of becoming the first Dominican player in Major League history -- and 31st player overall -- to join the 3,000-hits club.
"It was nice support from the fans," Beltre said. "It felt really nice. Unfortunately it didn't happen today. It's probably better if we can do it tomorrow with a win."
• Beltre one hit from joining 3,000 club
Mancini, Joseph go deep: Mancini entered the game on an 0-for-7 cold spell, but he gave Baltimore an early lead with a solo shot off Bibens-Dirkx in the second for his 17th homer of the year. Joseph followed suit two batters later, launching his fifth homer.
"Left a couple of sliders up in the zone, home runs," Banister said of Bibens-Dirkx. "Mixed well, I thought, and we made a little adjustment in the third inning and he was able to get through the fifth for us."
• Mancini pads resume with another homer
Jones keeps the scoreboard clean:Joey Gallo led off the third inning with a towering fly ball to center field. The ball looked like it was going to carry over the wall, but Adam Jones timed his jump and robbed Gallo of his 26th homer of the season.
"When he hit it, I thought it was way gone. He hit it really high," Gausman said of Gallo's drive. "The way that Jonesy was kind of looking at it, I thought it was going to be way gone. Before I knew it, he went up there and reached it."
• Jones robs a homer, strikes a pose
"He did a tremendous job locating the fastball. It all begins and ends with fastball command with Kevin. He elevated when he needed to. He hit it down and away when he needed to. He threw a lot of good sinkers in, took advantage of a pretty aggressive club over there." -- Joseph, on Gausman
"I think they wanted to get over with more than me." -- Beltre, on the crowd as he went after hit No. 3,000
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Tejada hit a slow grounder down the first-base line with one out in the second. It started foul but spun fair, and Rangers first baseman Napoli attempted to field it. He bobbled the ball, though, and didn't make the tag as Tejada ran past him. The Rangers challenged the call, but it was allowed to stand after review. Banister fell to 24-for-42 in challenges on the season.
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Beltre entered Saturday's game with a 62-game errorless streak, but it was snapped when he misfired on a throw in the seventh inning. That was the longest streak without an error in his career, and it was a record for a Rangers third baseman.
Orioles: The Orioles will send Wade Miley to the mound for Sunday's 3:05 p.m. ET series finale at Globe Life Park. Miley was stung by a five-run second inning against the Rays in his most recent start, a six-inning outing during which he did not otherwise allow a hit. He has given up at least five runs in three straight starts, including July 20 against the Rangers.
Rangers:Martin Perez starts Sunday's series finale against the Orioles at 2:05 p.m. CT. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA in five career starts against Baltimore.
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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington and covered the Rangers on Saturday.
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.