Rangers must move on after lost weekend

July, 21, 2013
7/21/13
11:02
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have some regrouping to do with the New York Yankees coming to town.

This was a lost weekend against the Baltimore Orioles, who finished off a three-game sweep with a 4-2 defeat of the Rangers on Sunday night.

[+] EnlargeElvis Andrus
AP Photo/LM OteroElvis Andrus' body language during Sunday's game is emblematic of a weekend to forget for the withering Rangers.
The Rangers weren't themselves all weekend, a poor stretch of baseball reminiscent of a six-game losing streak in June.

That was about offense. The three losses to the Orioles by a combined score of 15-7 was about a lack of offense and crucial mistakes. Sloppy defense and poor baserunning also caused problems as the Rangers didn't come out of the All-Star break playing crisp baseball.

The Rangers find themselves three games behind the Oakland A's in the American League West while also losing ground in the wild-card race to Tampa Bay and Baltimore.

"Very uncharacteristic baseball," Washington said about a series that saw the Rangers make four outs on the bases and three errors.

"Plays that we usually take pride in making we just haven't made," Washington said. "Sometimes, the game finds you in that position. But we'll keep grinding."

The Rangers played from behind in all three games, and while they were able to get the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday and Sunday, they couldn't produce a clutch hit. David Murphy struck out to end Sunday's game.

The Rangers fell to 0-36 for the season when trailing after eight innings.

"It’s just frustrating to lose," said second baseman Ian Kinsler, who had an RBI single in the fifth inning. "You can still make mistakes and win games. They capitalized on our mistakes.

"They’re a good team. We just didn’t score enough runs. It’s tough to win a game when you score one run."

The Rangers were a victim of bad luck in the top of the second inning when Murphy lost a line drive in the sun -- the early start time hurt -- to give Chris Davis a double. "I lost it in the last five to 10 feet," Murphy said.

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters followed with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus then booted a double-play ball because of a tricky hop, and the Orioles scored another run. "I have to make that play," Andrus said. But he didn't, and the Rangers were forced to play catch-up again.

The Rangers had another baserunning blunder in the bottom of the fifth on Kinsler's RBI single to right-center field. Murphy was steaming around third base for the potential second run but was held up at the last second by coach Gary Pettis. Murphy eventually was an easy out at third.

The play summed up the weekend.

"We've played three games against the Orioles, and if you watched the games -- as I'm quite sure you guys did -- everything they did worked," Washington said. "Everything we did didn't. Through the course of the season, things like that happen. Again, we'll be fine. We'll find our stride and get it going, in every area."

Kinsler said the Rangers will find out something about themselves in a four-game series that starts Monday against the Yankees. They have to put Baltimore behind them.

"We lost three games to a team I feel like we should beat," Kinsler said. "It’s not very characteristic of us, but we’ll see how we respond."

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.97 142 115
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .336
HRA. Beltre 12
RBIA. Beltre 49
RE. Andrus 49
OPSA. Beltre .912
ERAY. Darvish 2.97
SOY. Darvish 142