Review of late-night Rangers loss

May, 28, 2011
5/28/11
11:00
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ARLINGTON -- After the Rangers' 12-7 loss to the Royals on Friday night, or was it Saturday morning, we review a few things from the more than four-hour contest.

*Rangers right-handed starter Colby Lewis got his act together after two tough innings. Lewis gave up three straight doubles to start the game and ended up allowing six runs on six hits and two walks before settling down. When the evening was over, Lewis had given up six runs -- four earned -- on seven hits in six innings of work. Lewis was able to get his pitches down and after a 107-pitch outing, left with a 7-6 lead.

"For two or three innings there he was just getting the ball up and couldn’t command his fastball," manager Ron Washington said. "And I never thought he would make it to the sixth myself, but he did and I tip my hat to Colby."

*In the ninth inning, Washington made a flurry of defensive changes. Craig Gentry took Michael Young's spot in the batting order and played center. Nelson Cruz moved from left field to right and David Murphy moved from center to left.

With closer Neftali Feliz struggling of late, taking Young's bat out of the lineup was questionable. Feliz did in fact blow his third save, but Gentry made Ron Washington look smart with two nice plays in the outfield: a sliding catch in the ninth and a leaping catch against the wall in the 12th. Gentry almost made another nice play but came up shy of robbing Alex Gordon's solo home run that gave the Royals the lead.

"I timed my jump pretty good," Gentry said. "I thought I had it, but it just got over my glove. If there's no wall there, I probably make the catch."

Here's Washington on the ninth inning moves: "At that point you defend the outs. I wanted my best defense on the field, we couldn’t defend the ball that was hit to tie the ball game. I was trying to defend the last three outs of the game."

*Endy Chavez and Josh Hamilton are expected to return to the field today. Hamilton, who has been the DH, would be making his first appearance in the field since coming off the DL due to a broken bone in his shoulder. Chavez has pinch run and pinch hit since suffering a hamstring pull last week but said after the game that he feels fine. He will probably start in center field.

*The Rangers are tied for first place in the AL West with the Angels. ... The Rangers are 1-3 in extra-inning games and 0-5 in walkoff games this season. ... Ian Kinsler hit his third leadoff homer and first time since April 2 vs. Boston. Kinsler owns the club record with 16. ... Reliever Mark Lowe has stranded all nine runners he's inherited this season. He left a man on base in the seventh.
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for ESPN.com. He joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182