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MLB: Baltimore 3, Texas 1

July 19, 2013 at 11:36 PM   |   Comments

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 19 (UPI) -- Wei-Yen Chen allowed a lone run over 6 1/3 innings Friday and Baltimore survived a ninth-inning scare to defeat Texas 3-1.

The Rangers outhit the Orioles 9-6, but could not come up with the big hit against Chen (5-3).

Matt Wieters put Baltimore in front in the second with a solo homer, Nate McLouth doubled home a run in the third and Nick Markakis contributed an RBI double in the fifth.

The only Texas run scored on a sacrifice fly in the fourth by Craig Gentry, who came off the disabled list prior to the game.

Jim Johnson, the major leagues' saves leader, appeared in the ninth to protect the Baltimore lead and soon ran into trouble. He gave up a leadoff single, hit a batter with two away and wound up facing the potential winning run in Elvis Andrus.

Andrus, however, grounded into a force play to end the game and Johnson collected his 34th save.

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