09/23/07 7:20 PM ET
Millwood, Rangers blank O's in finale
Veteran tosses seven scoreless frames for 10th victory
By Drew Davison / MLB.com
Leicester was impressive in his fourth start this season, pitching all eight innings for the Orioles (66-89), their fourth complete game of the season -- something the Rangers have yet to do in 2007. If they don't get a complete game in their final six, the Rangers will be the only AL team with no complete games this season, joining the Marlins and Nationals."It stinks we can't get a complete game," Millwood said.
But, Millwood wasn't about to go risk a three-run lead on Sunday, not after throwing 104 pitches through the first seven."If we would've had eight or nine runs on the board, I might chance it," Millwood said. "I'm not going to be selfish and go back out there and take a chance of blowing it for this team. "For a while, we've known we were out of it since the All-Star break. But, we never quit and we're still here to win." The Rangers did just that, with Joaquin Benoit and C.J. Wilson finishing the game. After retiring the first two batters in the eighth, Benoit walked Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada followed with a double to left to put runners on second and third. Aubrey Huff then hit a dribbler three feet past home plate, but Laird picked it up in fair territory and fired to first to end that threat. "That was huge right there," Washington said. "If you talk to Gerald, he might say it was a simple play, but it had some english on it. It got us out of the inning." Wilson then converted his 12th save of the season. "The whole team needed [this win]," Wilson said. "To put a shutout on the board, it's huge."
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.