ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers are no longer the hottest team in baseball.
Not after four losses in the last six games, including an 0-2 start to July.
However, if manager Ron Washington is worried, he put on a pretty good poker face following the Rangers’ 5-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
“We’ll bounce back tomorrow,” Washington said after Neftali Feliz gave up two post-midnight runs in the ninth inning of the rain-delayed game. “I mean, tonight.”
Washington acknowledged that the Rangers made some sloppy mistakes. He seemed especially puzzled by Elvis Andrus’ decision to bolt for take off for third before the first pitch of Michael Young’s at-bat, resulting in an easy out and robbing Young of an RBI opportunity.
But Washington didn’t dwell on the negative. He opened his postgame press conference with praise for starting pitcher Colby Lewis, who allowed three earned runs on eight hits in six-plus innings.
Washington gave the White Sox credit for erasing a two-run deficit in the seventh inning, when Alexi Ogando allowed a pair of inherited runners to score, and striking for the win in the ninth.
“They just took it from us,” he said. “They won it.”