Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Ian Kinsler had two hits including a double, and four RBI to lead the Texas Rangers to an 8-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a four-game set at Camden Yards. Elvis Andrus went 2- for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while A.J. Pierzynski, Mitch Moreland and Engel Beltre drove in one run apiece for the Rangers, who went 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Derek Holland (7-4) gave up five runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits while fanning seven over 6 2/3 innings to earn the win. Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth to notch his 30th save of the season. Manny Machado went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Matt Wieters clubbed a two-run homer for the Orioles, losers in four of their last five games. Scott Feldman (0-1) was tagged for seven runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings to absorb his first loss since being sent back to the American League on July 2.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 4
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Home runs by Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins, in the opener of a four-game series at Tropicana Field. With Minnesota starter Samuel Deduno (4-4) pitching, Escobar clubbed a 1-0 changeup to left to give the Rays a 4-3 edge. Following a triple by Desmond Jennings, Caleb Thielbar came in relief. He struck out Luke Scott, but gave up a two-run shot to left from Zobrist. Alex Torres (3-0) was perfect in the seventh to pick up the win and Fernando Rodney got the final two outs of the ninth to notch his 20th save. Roberto Hernandez allowed eight hits and three runs over the first six innings for the Rays, who have won five straight and nine of their last 10 games. Aaron Hicks went 4-for-4 and fell a homer shy of the cycle, as the Twins lost for the eighth time in nine games. Justin Morneau added a solo homer for Minnesota, which has lost six in a row to the Rays.
Final Score: Oakland 2, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Bartolo Colon got back in the win column with a seven-inning effort to give the Oakland Athletics a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a three-game set. Colon (12-3) had an eight-start winning streak snapped last Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs, but rebounded nicely as he gave up just one run on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Josh Donaldson scored a run and drove in one while Derek Norris also had an RBI for the Athletics, who are 10-0 all-time against Pittsburgh. Jeff Locke (8-2) was looking to become the first Pirate lefty to win nine games in a row in 88 years, but fell short as he surrendered two runs on three hits over seven frames. Jose Tabata had two hits and drove in the only run for the Pirates, who have dropped three straight and five of seven.