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Sloppy play costs Rangers on Tuesday

4/12/2011

DETROIT -- The Rangers had chances on Tuesday afternoon to win another road series. But too many poor decisions and sloppy play contributed to a 5-4 loss to the Tigers, dropping Texas to 9-2. Perhaps David Murphy said it best: "It just felt like one of those blah days."

Some of the issues the club ran into on Tuesday:

* Josh Hamilton's attempt to score from third base in the first inning backfired in more ways than one. Hamilton called the play "stupid" and said he was told by third base coach Dave Anderson to try to go home. Anderson said he noticed no one was covering home and that it was the kind of aggressive play the club wants to try to make. Hamilton was out and ended up with a strained right shoulder. Preliminary X-rays showed no separation, but we should know more about Hamilton's condition on Wednesday. Read all about that here.

* Adrian Beltre led off the fourth inning with a hard-hit ball to right field but tried to turn the double into a triple and was thrown out. It was not the kind of aggressive play you want to try to lead off an inning in a 2-1 game.

* C.J. Wilson couldn't field a slow roller between the mound and first base, rushing the play, resulting in a hit for Ramon Santiago. That got a productive sixth inning going for the Tigers, who scored twice to take a 4-3 lead. (More on that play from Wilson later).

* Julio Borbon was picked off at first base in the seventh inning with two outs in a one-run game. The Tigers brought in Brayan Villarreal to pitch to Elvis Andrus, but Villarreal didn't even have to throw a pitch to get the final out of the inning. Borbon didn't even look at the dugout and walked straight to center field.

* Michael Young and Nelson Cruz had some communication issues on a ball hit by Casper Wells to lead off the seventh. The Rangers were able to get out of the inning without allowing Wells to score.

"It took 11 games before we shot ourselves in the foot," manager Ron Washington said. "You go through 162 games and things like that will happen. We'll bounce back tomorrow."