Baltimore starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie throws against the Texas Rangers during Monday’s AL game. - AP

No decision for Guthrie

BALTIMORE — The Texas Rangers hadn't overcome a deficit of more than two runs this season, so when they fell behind by four in the second inning against Baltimore, two things had to happen: Matt Harrison needed to pitch better, and the potent Texas lineup had to start producing.

Check, and check.

Michael Young homered, David Murphy broke a tie with a two-run single in the sixth inning and the Rangers rallied to beat the Orioles 6-4 Monday night.

Harrison (1-2) gave up four runs before getting four outs, then retired 16 straight batters before Robert Andino hit a two-out single in the seventh. The left-hander allowed seven hits in seven innings to earn his first win in four starts.

Texas scored all its runs off former Ashland High pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and Matt Albers (0-1). The Rangers took three of four from the Orioles to hand Baltimore its first home series loss.

Texas closed to 4-1 in the fourth when Hank Blalock doubled and scored on a single by Marlon Byrd. Young hit his sixth homer in the fifth after Murphy hit a two-out single.

Albers allowed five of the seven batters he faced to reach base. Blalock singled and Chris Davis walked before Taylor Teagarden hit an RBI single. Ian Kinsler drew a two-out walk before Murphy lined a single to center.

Frank Francisco worked the ninth to earn his fifth save and third in the series.

Guthrie allowed three runs, six hits and a walk in five innings. He threw 101 pitches, including 37 in the first.

"It definitely wore on me a little bit," Guthrie said of the long first inning. "But I got through it and had a couple of nice innings after it. They just put some nice at-bats together in the fourth and fifth."

Guthrie needed 21 pitches to retire the first two batters and had 15 pitches fouled off in the opening inning. In the bottom half, Aubrey Huff singled in a run for a 1-0 lead.

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