ARLINGTON, Texas — Ryan Dempster had some extra rest and a slider that was working.
This was more like the kind of performance the AL West-leading Rangers were looking for when they traded for the right-hander three weeks ago.
After giving up eight runs twice in his first three Texas starts, Dempster held the surprising Orioles to a first-inning run in eight innings in a 5-1 victory Monday night.
"I was able to settle down after the first inning and just make pitches. I had a good slider," Dempster said. "I hadn't had that the couple times I've been here."
Dempster was pitching on extra rest after missing the weekend series in his native Canada for personal reasons. Though he wasn't with the Rangers for the three games in Toronto and missed his scheduled start Saturday, he threw a bullpen session over the weekend.
In his 16 starts for the Cubs before the July 31 trade, Dempster had a 2.25 ERA and pitched eight innings twice. He had an 8.31 ERA in his first three starts for the Rangers.