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Kinsler has 4 RBIs as Rangers beat Orioles 8-5

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DAVID GINSBURG | July 8, 2013 10:30 PM EST | AP

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BALTIMORE — Ian Kinsler capped a six-run sixth inning with a bases-loaded double, and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 Monday night in a rematch of last year's AL wild-card game.

The victory thrust the Rangers 15 games over .500 (52-37) for the first time since May 25. It also improved their road record to 25-18, best in franchise history after 43 games.

Kinsler had four RBIs, including three in the sixth against former teammate Scott Feldman (0-1) when the Rangers turned a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 lead.

It was the first game between the teams since Baltimore eliminated Texas from the AL playoffs with a 5-1 win last October. Not counting that defeat, the Rangers have won 11 of 14 against the Orioles.

Derek Holland (7-4) allowed five runs, three earned, and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings for Texas. He struck out Matt Wieters and major-league home run leader Chris Davis three times apiece.

Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his 30th save, tied for the AL lead.

Wieters homered and Manny Machado had three hits for the Orioles, who stranded 10 runners and went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Davis struck out four times, the last against Nathan in the ninth.

Making his home debut after being obtained in a July 2 trade with the Chicago Cubs, Feldman went up against the team he played with for eight seasons through 2012. The right-hander yielded seven runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.

In the Texas sixth, A.J. Pierzynski doubled in a run and Elvis Andrus chased Feldman with an RBI single for a 4-3 lead. Engel Beltre greeted Troy Patton with a run-scoring single before Kinsler doubled into the left-field corner.

Wieters hit his 12th homer, a two-run drive in the seventh, to get Baltimore to 8-5.

The Orioles went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position over the first three innings while falling behind 2-0.

Texas went up 1-0 in the third when Andrus hit a leadoff single and scored on a two-out single by Kinsler.

The Rangers added a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland. Feldman avoided further damage by getting Andrus to hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

Baltimore took a 3-2 lead in the bottom half. A walk, a double and a throwing error by Moreland on Brian Roberts' RBI grounder to first base produced two runs, and Machado added a two-out RBI single. With the bases loaded and two outs, Holland struck out Wieters for the third time.

NOTES: Texas has scored at least five runs in a season-high five straight games. ... Orioles LHP Zach Britton will start Tuesday against Rangers LHP Martin Perez (2-1, 1.85 ERA). In his only other start against Texas, in April 2011, Britton threw 7 2-3 scoreless innings to earn the win. ... Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen (right oblique strain) will come off the DL on Wednesday and start against Texas, manager Buck Showalter said. Chen hasn't pitched since May 12. ... Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre was named the AL Player of the Week after batting .478 with four homers, two doubles and 5 RBI over six games. ... Kinsler was thrown out trying to steal second, the sixth time in 10 tries he's been caught this season. ... Machado was assured his 35th multihit game – tied for the AL lead – by the third inning.