“Wei-Yin was a difference-maker [Thursday] to get that deep in the game, and against obviously a good lineup,” Showalter said. “He was outstanding. He was sharp with his breaking ball, the extra days' rest. It seems like he had a little bit more finish on his fastball. He was a difference-maker for us [Thursday] and it won't be forgotten.”
After allowing the trio of homers in the first, Lewis retired 18 straight batters — with 11 strikeouts coming in that span — before Jones led off the seventh inning with a mammoth shot to left. He finished the day with a career-high 12 strikeouts.
In the ninth inning, Johnson came into the game with runners on second and third with no outs, and — after allowing Murphy's three-run homer — struck out Andrus, the tying run, looking to end the game with Hamilton in the on-deck circle.
In Game 2, Hamilton hit his sixth homer of the series and his major-league leading 15th of the season, a two-run shot on a changeup down and in that Hamilton sent onto Eutaw Street behind right field, the second player to do that this season (Toronto's Eric Thames) and the 60th overall in Camden Yards' history.
The Orioles took advantage of three Texas errors on the second inning to plate three runs. They pieced together three singles that inning, capitalizing on Ian Kinsler's fielding error at second that was a sure double-play ball.
Nelson Cruz led off the fifth inning with a double, followed by Mike Napoli's triple to right — a looping ball that dropped in front of a diving Nick Markakis in left. Three batters later , Napoli scored on a two-out Andrus single to make the score 4-3.
Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter, who was recalled from Norfolk between games after being sent down Monday, allowed four runs on five hits over six innings of work, striking out seven and walking just one.
“No one's happy about losing,” Hunter said. “Hell, we don't play this game to lose. For anybody to be happy about losing a series at any point in the season is definitely in the wrong sport. This is what we do for a living, to come out here and get wins is what we're supposed to do. If anybody's happy about it, I couldn't tell you who is. No, we don't like losing. Losing sucks. You've got to find a way.”
Three relievers who hadn't allowed an earned run this season had their scoreless streaks end Thursday. Right-hander Matt Lindstrom, who entered the day having not allowed an earned run in 13 relief innings this season, was tagged for three in Game 2 in the seventh inning. Johnson's scoreless inning streak ended at 12 on Murphy's home run in Game 1, which also credited right-hander Luis Ayala (15 scoreless innings) for two earned runs in1/3 inning.
“We have a tough opponent in Tampa [Friday] , so we are just going to come in here and get ready to play and take it to them too,” Lindstrom said. “We are looking to continue our success, but [Thursday] was a tough one. I'm glad we got that first one too, but I just wish I had kept it closer.”