Lough's defense a high point for Orioles

Lough's defense a high point for Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Two impressive catches by left fielder David Lough highlighted a strong defensive game by Baltimore in a 2-0 loss to Texas on Thursday night.

In the second inning, Lough, shaded toward center field, had a great jump on an Elvis Andrus fly ball down the left-field line. As the ball kept carrying, Lough kept sprinting, and eventually he made a leaping grab, colliding with the wall just below the foul pole.

"That was pretty early," Lough said. "I don't know if it was a point in time when I thought it was going to be a dogfight to the end, but it's unfortunate, because [starter Kevin Gausman] pitched such a good game, and we couldn't get any runs for him."

As Lough made the long jog back to the dugout, he received a long ovation from the impressed Baltimore fans.

In the eighth inning, with the game still scoreless, Lough robbed Robinson Chirinos of a base hit and the Rangers of a leadoff runner, charging and sliding to keep a flare from hitting the grass.

Lough's sliding grab

"What a great game we had defensively," said manager Buck Showalter. "David made two good plays that not many left fielders make. Even the ball coming in looks semi-routine, but it's not, especially where he's playing."

Lough contributed offensively as well, with a pair of hits, and he was the only Orioles player to reach third base.

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.