Rangers end scoreless duel in 9th, using RBI singles by Martin and Odor to beat Orioles 2-0



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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman looks toward the Texas Rangers dugout as he walks off the field after being relieved in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Rangers, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. Texas won 2-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor watches his single in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. Leonys Martin scored on the play. Texas won 2-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Texas Rangers outfielders Josh Hamilton, left, Shin-Soo Choo, and Leonys Martin celebrate after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. Texas won 2-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Chaz Roe, right, is removed by manager Buck Showalter in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. Also pictured are Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, back left, and third baseman Manny Machado. Texas won 2-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister watches from the dugout in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. Texas won 2-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin singles in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. Shin-Soo Choo scored on the play. Texas won 2-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo throws to the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. Texas won 2-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin prepares to catch a fly out by Baltimore Orioles' Jimmy Paredes during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. Texas won 2-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo throws to the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


BALTIMORE — The Texas Rangers used a different approach to beat the Baltimore Orioles and win a series for the first time since mid-June.

Leonys Martin ended a scoreless duel with an RBI single in the ninth inning, and Texas carved out a 2-0 victory Thursday night behind a dominant pitching performance by Yovani Gallardo and three relievers.

After hitting 10 home runs in the first three games of the series, the Rangers failed to go deep against Kevin Gausman and four relievers.

It didn't matter, because Texas allowed only three hits — all of them singles — and used small-ball to grab the lead in the ninth.

"The ball didn't fly like it had been," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "Gausman had the game in control there for a while and really didn't give our guys a whole lot to hit. We struggled a little bit against him, but we were able to push a couple runs across and felt good about getting away with a W."

After Shin-Soo Choo led off the ninth with a walk from Chaz Roe (2-1) and moved up on a bunt, Martin ended a 4-for-34 slump with a single to center.

"It was an exciting moment for me and for my team," said Martin, who came in batting .224. "To find a way to win a ballgame today was exciting."

Martin came home on a single by Rougned Odor.

Gallardo gave up two hits and three walks over six innings to extend his run of shutout innings to 29 1-3 — the longest streak in the majors this year and fourth-longest in franchise history.

"Today, honestly, was a little bit of a battle," he said. "I was falling behind on the count with a bunch of guys."

Keone Kela (5-5) got two outs and Shawn Tolleson worked a perfect ninth to earn his 12th save.

Playing in his second game since being sidelined for nearly a month with a strained left hamstring, Josh Hamilton went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts and flew out with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

Texas won three of four after going 2-7 against the White Sox, Oakland and Toronto.

"It keeps us where we need to be and propels us on to some confidence at home," Banister said.

Both starting pitchers were exceptionally sharp in keeping the game scoreless.

Gallardo has not allowed a home run in 51 1-3 innings, dating back to May 24. In nine starts following a Texas loss, the right-hander is 6-0 with a 0.79 ERA.

Gausman allowed four hits, walked two and struck out seven in 6 1-3 innings. He was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk for his second start of the season.

"He gave us a chance to win," manager Buck Showalter said. "We just obviously didn't put much together offensively."

The Orioles missed two early chances to take the lead. In the first inning, Chris Davis lined into a double play with runners at the corners. In the third, Davis struck out with the bases loaded.

Texas got only one runner past first base until Odor led off the sixth with a liner over the head of center fielder Adam Jones. Vying for a triple, Odor was thrown out on a relay from Jones to shortstop J.J. Hardy to Manny Machado.

ROSTER MOVES

Rangers: Activated RHP Neftali Felize from the 15-day disabled list and optioned starter Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.

Orioles: Optioned RHP Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled Gausman.

TRAINING ROOM

Rangers: LHP Matt Harrison (spine surgery) will be activated from the 60-day DL on Friday, according to general manager Jon Daniels. Harrison is expected to make his season debut Tuesday against Arizona, Banister said.

Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop (sprained right knee) was scheduled to continue his rehab assignment with Class A Frederick.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Hamilton faces his former team when Texas resumes division play at home against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Hamilton played two seasons with LA before being traded back to the Rangers on April 27. "It'll be good to see some of the guys," Hamilton said, "and that's it."

Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (7-3, 3.09) seeks to win his career-high fifth start in a row in the opener of a three-game series against the host Chicago White Sox, who will start John Danks (3-8).

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