Wasted chances early hurt Rangers late
"I told (Adrian) Beltre in the fifth inning that we weren't going to win the game 2-1," Cruz said. "We had chances to get more runs early and we didn't do it."
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In the third, Elvis Andrus' single after Ian Kinsler's double scored the club's first run of the game. Andrus got aggressive and tried to get to second on the throw, but Miguel Cabrera cut it off and threw to second, where Andrus was called out on a close play. Andrus said he watched the video and was safe.
"It was too close for me to tell," manager Ron Washington said. "When he threw the ball in I was just hoping that Cabrera would go to sleep. But he didn't. Once again, we were aggressive right there and we paid for it."
But the out cleared the bases. The Rangers ended up with two hits and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases, but David Murphy's deep fly ball ended the inning with just the one run scored on the Andrus single. If the call goes the other way for Texas, perhaps the inning and the game is altered. But it didn't and the Rangers couldn't take advantage of the chances they had against starter Max Scherzer.
"All we had to do was put the ball in play in those situations; we just didn't," Washington said. "It came back and it got us."
Texas ended up leaving eight men on base and after the third inning never got another runner into scoring position.
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