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TEX@BAL: Snyder goes deep on his way to six RBIs

The Rangers' Josh Hamilton has found an effective way to slow down the red-hot Orioles: Hit the ball out of the ballpark many, many times.

Texas enters the second game of the four-game series between the two first-place clubs on Wednesday night looking for its fourth victory in five games. An encore from Hamilton -- who became the 16th player in baseball history to belt four homers in a game on Tuesday -- would help.

"When you do something incredible it takes time to sink in," Hamilton said. "When I get away from it and have time to think about, it will sink in.

The two teams will get right back at it Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. EDT at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Hamilton became the seventh player to hit five extra-base hits in a game, and set an American League record with 18 total bases Tuesday. He is now batting .406 with 14 home runs and 36 RBIs on the season.

Texas will be down one slugger, though, as manager Ron Washington has opted to keep rookie Brandon Snyder out of the lineup Wednesday despite his .500 batting average against lefties this year. Southpaw Wei-Yin Chen gets the nod for Baltimore.

"I've got to get [catcher Yorvit] Torrealba in there, and I've got to keep him engaged," Washington said. "I've got to keep [Mike] Napoli out there and get his bat going. Brandon will get his shot. He's had some good at-bats and done some good things. He will see some left-handers; I haven't decided who."

Torrealba is hitting .196 this year with two RBIs and no home runs. Napoli has been solid with seven home runs and 16 RBIs, although his .237 batting average could use some work.

The 26-year-old Chen will be tasked with slowing the Rangers offense and keeping the Orioles out of a position to be swept Thursday. He is 2-2 with a 2.76 ERA this season.

"I feel like I am getting improved every time I go out on the mound," Chen said through his interpreter earlier this season. "I feel like I am getting better and better."

The Rangers have put up video-game numbers against the Orioles, outscoring them 24-6 in two games. But that doesn't mean Rangers starter Colby Lewis is taking the competition lightly.

"They're a big league ballclub like everybody else," Lewis said. "I've got to get people out. They're playing well, and we are, too. We just have to keep pitching like we have been and give our offense a chance to put up runs."

Rangers: Going streaking

• Hamilton and shortstop Elvis Andrus each have eight-game hitting streaks. Hamilton is batting .448 (13-for-29) over the past seven games, and Andrus is hitting .471 (16-for-34).

• Michael Young recorded his 65th career sacrifice fly Monday, tying Rafael Palmeiro for the second most in team history -- one behind the all-time leader, Ruben Sierra. Young already owns the club career records for batting average, games, at-bats, runs, hits, singles, doubles, triples, total bases, multi-hit games and strikeouts.

Orioles: Pleasant surprise

• The Orioles sit tied atop the AL East with a 19-11 record. Despite being heavy underdogs entering the season, the Orioles share the second best record in the AL with the Rays.

• Dating back to Sept. 12, 2011, the Orioles are 11-2-1 in their last 14 series.

• The Orioles are fifth in the AL in runs scored, but fourth in the AL East. The Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays are all ahead, with the Rays trailing close behind in fifth.

Worth noting

• Texas is 7-1 against Baltimore dating back to last season.

• The Rangers have held first place in the AL West for 317 of the last 333 days of the regular season. Comments