BALTIMORE -- Since his recall from the minors, left-hander Martin Perez has certainly looked like a major league pitcher.
Perez gave the Texas Rangers another solid effort Tuesday night, keeping a powerful Baltimore lineup quiet for six-plus innings to help Texas Rangers to an 8-4 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.
Perez gave up four runs on six hits in six innings plus one batter. Two of the runs were unearned as the Rangers committed three errors behind him. He struck out four and walked just one, improving to 3-1 on the season and 3-0 in his four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on June 22.
“He has ability, and since he’s come back up here, he’s certainly showing that,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “He did an outstanding job tonight. He had poise.”
The biggest test for Perez came in the fifth after Texas had already taken a 5-2 lead. Texas made two errors with the Orioles up, and both scored on J.J. Hardy’s two-run single. But Perez ended the threat by retiring Matt Wieters on a fly ball to left.
“He didn’t rattle,” Washington said. “He tried to make pitches.”
Perez said he’s gaining confidence and trying to keep improving each time he throws. He's only given up a total of four earned runs in his four starts. In fact, Perez hadn't allowed an earned run in 18 innings before giving up one in the second inning of this game.
“I think I did a good job tonight,” Perez said. “I know that I can do more. I continue to throw my stuff, [and] I know that I can win more games,” Perez said. “I have to continue to work hard.”
The other Rangers have also noticed that Perez seems to have more poise than before, and it’s clearly helping the young left-hander -- as well as the team, which has now won three in a row.
“He’s a different guy than what we saw last year,” third baseman Adrian Beltre said. “He’s got more confidence. He’s attacking the strike zone. It looks like he’s comfortable up there.”