ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nelson Cruz hit a towering three-run homer in his return to Texas and the Baltimore Orioles won their third straight game, 8-3 over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Cruz hit the first pitch thrown by reliever Shawn Tolleson, an estimated 404 feet deep into the left field seats to cap a six-run Orioles outburst in the eighth. The slugger, who spent the previous eight seasons in Texas, is hitting .313 and leads the majors with 21 homers and 55 RBIs.
Adam Jones matched a career high with four hits, including a homer off the right-field pole leading off the Baltimore fourth. Rookie catcher Caleb Johnson had a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth.
Brian Matusz (2-1) went 1 2-3 innings in relief of Ubaldo Jimenez.
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