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Joe Saunders escapes jam to preserve 1-1 tie vs. Rangers through four innings

Oct 5, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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Most didn’t give Joe Saunders much of a chance against the Rangers in this game, especially after seeing how Ron Washington stacked his lineup with right-handed batters, but he has allowed one run through four innings to preserve a 1-1 tie.

It hasn’t been easy, though. Saunders walked Ian Kinsler to begin the game. Elvis Andrus then followed with a single to move Kinsler to third. It looked like he was on the ropes three batters into the game, but Saunders got Josh Hamilton to ground into a double-play to kill the rally. A run scored on the play, but the Orioles gladly took it.

The Rangers just threatened again in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Nelson Cruz and Michael Young had consecutive singles with one out. However, Saunders was able to get Mike Napoli to strike out swinging before getting Geovany Soto to ground into a fielder’s choice.

Saunders has allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out five. He has flipped the order over two times with minimal damage. Can’t ask for much more than that given the circumstances.

UPDATE: Make that five innings of one-run ball. You know, just like everybody expected.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Go, O’s! House money.

  2. randygnyc - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Saunders surprised me. What I find more surprising is how poorly the rangers continue to play. Sure they could bust out in the next few innings, but if not, this will be Hamiltons last game with the rangers. They can lose just as easily without him and save $25MM a year while doing it.

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