Game report – Texas at Baltimore

August 23, 2007 | Drew Forrester

(BALTIMORE) — The Texas Rangers used a mixture of solid running and pinpoint passing to humble the Baltimore Orioles, 30-3 tonight in Baltimore.

The Orioles jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a 37-yard field goal from Nick Markakis, but Texas rallied to go ahead 14-3 on a 9-yard TD run by Marlon Byrd and a 4-yard scamper by Travis Metcalf.

“We just never got untracked after they scored those two quick touchdowns,” said O’s leader Dave Trembley afterwards.  “When we jumped out to that 3-0 lead, I figured all was good…but our defense just couldn’t hold them down tonight.”

Texas later tacked on 10 more points when Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from David Murphy, followed shortly thereafter by a field goal from Kason Gabbard, who improved to 6-1 as a starter for Texas.

“Those two scores really hurt,” said Orioles quarterback Kevin Millar.  “At 14-3, we were still in the game.  But once they got up 24-3, we figured it was going to be a long night.”

The night got longer when Texas put 6 more points on the board just as time expired, the final score coming on a 99-yard kick-off return by Ramon Vazquez.  The extra-point was no good, making the final score 30-3.

“I think that final touchdown by Vazquez was sort-of bush league,” remarked Melvin Mora.  “I mean, why score on us there?  In front of our fans?  To humiliate us like that in our stadium?  Well, they’ll pay for that someday down the road.”

Fans requesting a refund for the game are urged to contact the Orioles office directly.