ARLINGTON — The Rangers hadn’t put a run on the board in 14 straight innings against the Orioles, going back to Saturday night’s loss. They finally did when it mattered, with Nate Lowe hitting a walk-off single in the 10th inning to propel Texas to a 1-0 victory and avoid the sweep at Globe Life Field Sunday afternoon.
Lowe was 0-for-3 with a walk before coming to the plate in the 10th inning. It’s the second walk-off of Lowe’s career. It’s also the second extra-inning win for the Rangers in less than a week, following a 6-4 win in 10 innings over the Rays on Thursday.
It was a pitchers’ duel in Arlington, with both Rangers pitcher Kyle Gibson and Baltimore pitcher John Means shutting out their opponents in their starts. Gibson dealt on the mound, going eight full innings, allowing no runs on four hits. He also dished out six strikeouts and surrendered no walks. Means went seven innings, allowing three hits and no runs.
The Rangers struggled all game to hit with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-5 at the plate before the deciding 10th inning. Of Texas’ four regulation hits, Nick Solak had two of them.