ARLINGTON TX - JULY 10: Pitcher Cliff Lee #33 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Baltimore Orioles on July 10 2010 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

He's A Bum! Cliff Lee Plates Six In Rough First Start, Orioles Roll 6-1

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Orioles Overpower Lee, Rangers In 6-1 Romp

For more on today's game, check out our Orioles blog at Camden Chat and our Rangers blog at Lone Star Ball.

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Tillman overshadowed the much- anticipated Rangers debut of Cliff Leewith 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball, and the Baltimore Orioles recorded their first road series win of 2010 with a 6-1 victory over Texas.

Tillman (1-3), who came into the game with an 8.40 earned run average and was recalled from the minors on Saturday, carried a no-hitter into the seventh and allowed just two hits and one walk while fanning three for Baltimore, which has won the first three games of this set to record its first road series win of the season (1-13-1).

Nick MarkakisCesar Izturis and Adam Jones all homered in the victory.

Lee (8-4) had a less than spectacular debut with his new club, giving up six runs and nine hits in a complete game effort -- his sixth of the year and fifth in seven contests. The Orioles attacked him early in the count, as evidenced by his 95 pitches thrown, 73 for strikes.

The All-Star lefty was acquired on Friday in a deal with division rival Seattle, as the Rangers make a push for their first playoff appearance since 1999. It is Lee's fourth team in two seasons, and he will head for free agency in the offseason barring a long-term agreement with Texas.

David Murphy scored the Rangers' lone run on a wild pitch, as Texas lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Lee, who didn't arrive to the ballpark until a couple hours before game-time, showed signs of fatigue early on. The first pitch he threw as a Ranger went for a double by Corey Patterson, and the next pitch was lined to right for an RBI single from Miguel Tejada.

Lee was able to settle down until the fourth, when Markakis deposited an offering into the right-field seats for a 2-0 Baltimore lead. The Orioles kept taking Texas' new ace deep, as Izturis hammered his first homer of the year -- a solo shot -- with two outs in the fifth, and Jones' two-run shot with two down in the sixth provided a 5-0 cushion.

Meanwhile, Tillman flirted with history.

The Orioles' lanky righty retired the first nine hitters he faced before walking Elvis Andrus to begin the fourth. He was able to record outs during the next three at-bats and carried a no-hitter into the seventh.

Ian Kinsler, however, broke up the bid with one out in the seventh inning, poking a ground ball through the infield's left side. Tillman recovered to retire the next two hitters to keep his shutout intact.

The whitewash attempt quickly went by the wayside in the eighth, however, as Murphy singled to center and scampered to third when the ball eluded Jones and subsequently scored on a wild pitch.

Jones scored on a double play in the ninth to account for the final margin.

Lee is the first Rangers player to give up three homers in his debut with the team since Ryan Snare on August 6, 2004...Texas honored Michael Young prior to the game for capturing the team's all-time hits record earlier in the season. He went 1-for-4...Tillman's allowed run was unearned...Lee struck out two and walked none, raising his strikeout-to-walk ratio to 91-to-6...Lee has historically struggled in Texas, compiling a 7.33 earned run average in eight career starts there...Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had his 29-game home hit streak come to an end after an 0-for-4 game. The team record is 30 games, accomplished by Al Oliver in 1981.


8:05 P.M.: Cliff Lee Makes First Start For Rangers Vs. Orioles

At 8:05 P.M. Saturday, newly-acquired ace Cliff Lee will make his first start for the Texas Rangers. Follow along with our Rangers blog, Lone Star Ball, and our Orioles blog, Camden Chat.

Preview courtesy of Sports Network.

Fresh of Friday's acquisition of star pitcher Cliff Lee, the first-place Texas Rangers continue their four-game series against the lowly Baltimore Orioles in Arlington tonight.

It appeared that the New York Yankees had a deal in place to attain Lee, but when talks fell through the Rangers shocked everyone by making the right offer to Seattle to garner their new ace. Texas sent prized first baseman Justin Smoak as well as three minor leaguers to the Mariners to nab Lee, an impending free agent at season's end, as well as relief pitcher Mark Lowe.

"When you get traded, there is uncertainty and you don't know what to expect," Lee said while addressing the Seattle media. "[The Rangers] have a great team, they're in first place and I'm going to do everything I can to help them continue in the direction they're heading."

This is the fourth team that Lee will play for in less than two years. He started the 2009 season with Cleveland before moving on to Philadelphia.

Lee is expected to get the ball right away, as he is the scheduled starter for the Rangers tonight. He has been one of baseball's best hurlers this season, compiling an 8-3 record with a 2.34 ERA and five complete games. He has only walked six batters in 103 2/3 innings and is coming off a win against Detroit in which he allowed just one earned run in eight innings.

The All-Star lefty is 1-0 this season against Baltimore and 4-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his career versus the Orioles.

Chris Tillman is expected to make Kevin Millwood's scheduled start today for Baltimore. Tillman, who was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk last month, tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout for the Tides on Monday. He allowed just 10 hits in 21 2/3 innings since being demoted and has seemingly righted the ship.

Tillman is 0-3 with an 8.40 ERA at the major league level this season. In his career against Texas, the righty is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA.

Millwood was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday due to a strained right forearm.

Yesterday, Jake Fox homered off Dustin Nippert in the 10th inning after Corey Patterson's grand slam tied it in the ninth, giving the Orioles an improbable 7-6 come-from-behind win to spoil the Rangers' big day.

Patterson put the finishing touches on his four-hit night with a no-doubt, grand slam off Neftali Feliz to tie the score at 6-6.

Jason Berken (2-1) tossed a scoreless ninth and was credited with the win, Baltimore's second in a row over the first-place Rangers on the heels of a 1-6 stretch coming into this series.

Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run home run for the Rangers, whose lead over second-place Anaheim in the AL West was reduced to 4 1/2 games after the Angels defeated Oakland on Friday.

Nippert (3-4) took the loss, Texas' fourth in six games, while starting pitcher Scott Feldman allowed two runs on eight hits in a seven-plus inning start.

Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton extended his home hitting streak to 29 games by going 3-for-5. Unfortunately, Texas went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 men.

Texas swept a brief two-game series from the Orioles in Arlington earlier in the year and has won seven of the last 12 overall meetings between the teams.

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