BALTIMORE — On a day when Mike Timlin threw plenty of poor pitches, his worst toss of the afternoon was one that didn't go to the plate.
After Timlin inexplicably threw wildly to third base on a potential double-play ball in the ninth inning, Juan Gonzalez hit a three-run home run Saturday to give the Texas Rangers an 8-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
The Rangers trailed, 6-4, entering the ninth but scored four runs before the Orioles got an out.
Roberto Kelly led off with a double against Timlin (1-4) and Mark McLemore walked. Rusty Greer then hit a comebacker to Timlin, who passed up an easy 1-4-3 double play and threw wide of third baseman Cal Ripken, allowing Kelly to score.
"Bad decision. My first thought was to get the lead runner," Timlin said. "I blew it. I screwed up. I bet you guys are tired of writing that."