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Rangers looking for runs

6/25/2014

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have lost six consecutive games, the longest such stretch since Sept. 6-13, 2013, when this club lost seven games.

One of the main reasons for their current struggles is hitting.

In Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Tigers, the Rangers went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Over the past four games Texas is just 4-for-29.

The lack of hitting hurt a fine effort by starter Colby Lewis, who allowed four runs on nine hits in 6⅓ innings of work. He struck out six.

"We are collectively not doing enough to win ballgames," said Adrian Beltre who picked up four hits, all singles, including his 2,500th career hit. "Sometimes we get a lot of hits but we don't do it at the right time. It's just something the whole team, everybody is not getting the right hits in the right situations. I think Colby threw a pretty good game. He only gave up one run early, until the seventh inning, and we gave up two. If he's going to come out in seven innings and give up three runs we will take that every day, we'll take that. It was a good outing, but we didn't help him enough to give him the win."

In the second inning, the Rangers had a chance to make something happen when Beltre reached on a single and Alex Rios walked.

Carlos Pena, in his season debut after getting called up from Triple-A Round Rock, struck out looking for the first out. Robinson Chirinos and Michael Choice popped out to short to end the threat. The Rangers would eventually tie the game on an RBI single by Beltre in the third, but the Rangers left two runners on in the inning and would strand runners in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Overall, the Rangers have scored just 11 runs in the past five games, and you would think people would start to get worried around here.

"Not worried," Beltre said. "It's obvious we have more than half the season to go, but we're not worried. But obviously, it's hard to be losing four, five in a row, it's not fun, it's not fun. We have to find a way to create more runs. Running, hit and run, whatever it is, we have to find a way to get our offense going collectively. We're not doing enough to win ballgames collectively, that's the bottom line."

Pena was expected to be a spark for the lineup, but he struck out in his first two at-bats and failed to get the ball out of the infield in four appearances. The Rangers struck out 10 times against Tigers pitching, Elvis Andrus was picked off first base in the opening inning and Texas left nine men on base.

"Just not getting the job done right now," manager Ron Washington said. "We can't seem to put anything together. We just keep battling. We just can't seem to put anything together."