ARLINGTON, Texas -- With only two weeks of baseball remaining, the Rangers don’t have time for Jon Daniels to pull any rabbits out of the hat.
“We’ve gotten to the point where there is not much time left,’’ the general manager said following the Rangers’ sixth straight loss. “We’re either going to get it done or we’re not, and we’ve got to count on our guys to do it.’’
AL West rival Oakland completed a three-game sweep of the punchless Rangers with a 5-1 win before 42,980 fans Sunday. Texas has lost six in a row and 12 out of its last 15, a collapse that leaves them 6.5 game behind the A’s and in danger of even missing a wild-card playoff berth that looked almost assured in late August.
“I’m not sure what’s going on,’’ manager Ron Washington said in his media conference after the game. “I’ve never experienced it before. Opportunities were there. We put ourselves in position, we just couldn’t get the big hit.’’
Texas was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, the hit coming from A.J. Pierzynski in the first inning for the only Rangers run in the last 19 innings.
From the Texas viewpoint, this was a series that could have made up for 2012 when the A’s executed a series sweep to pull the AL West rug out from under the Rangers on the final day of the regular season. Instead, with a sweep, Oakland practically assured itself of another AL West flag.
Daniels said Rangers fans should know that the players are continuing to work. “They’re hurting,’’ he said. “They want to get it done.’’
Shortstop Elvis Andrus said it is important to know that going forward, every game is going to be different and that it does no good to dwell on the losing streak.
“We can’t be thinking about things that didn’t go the way we wanted them to,’’ said Andrus, who scored the only Rangers run Sunday.
In the six-loss homestand, four defeats were by one run, another by two runs and the A’s led only 3-1 until ninth-inning homer by Josh Reddick on Sunday.
“It wasn’t like our team was dominated and we didn’t have a chance,’’ Washington said.
A four-game stop in Tampa Bay awaits. Then three at Kansas City. Maybe a road trip is what the Rangers need after losing seven in a row at home.
“It’s a big challenge,’’ said Daniels. “But for some reason, we seem to play better on the road. As bad as we’ve played the last two weeks, we still have a chance with two weeks to go.’’