Despite surrendering the winning runs to Seattle on Wednesday, the Rangers' bullpen is in the midst of a good run. In its last eight games, relievers have posted a 1.08 ERA.
"That's exactly how I saw it happening," said Wilhelmsen, who earned his first victory of the season. "I'm a pitch-to-contact kind of guy, and I knew if I saw it happening when I was warming up. And ask and you shall receive."
Those key outs and stranded runners seemed to jump-start the Rangers' lineup, as they pounced on Orioles starter Chris Tillman in the bottom half of the sixth.
The Rangers sent nine men to the plate and scored five times on six hits. Mitch Moreland's run-scoring double and Ian Desmond's RBI single tied the game to set up Rougned Odor's tiebreaking two-run double. Andrus added an RBI base hit to cap the outburst.
"I think any time you're able to get out of jams it's huge [for the offense]," Hamels said. "You want to have guys with positive energy anytime throughout a game. You want to have those hitters as excited as possible."
"I think with these guys, it's go after him," Hamels said on his mind-set facing Machado. "That part of the lineup, you have guys behind him who are just as good. You can't really tread lightly when you get in that part of the lineup."
John Henry is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.