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Friday, July 11, 2014
One mistake enough to doom Tepesch

By Randy Jennings
Special to ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- From the 90 pitches Nick Tepesch delivered, he classified only one as a mistake.

That miss turned into a 418-foot home run by Mike Trout in the fourth inning. And a run was all Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards and the Angels' bullpen needed.

Nick Tepesch
Nick Tepesch gave the Rangers a well-pitched game, but one mistake cost him in a loss.
Tepesch's effort went for naught in a 3-0 loss by the Texas Rangers. In six innings, he was charged with six hits and three earned runs. He didn't issue a walk.

"I felt like I did a pretty good job," the 25-year-old right-hander said. "I made that one mistake to Trout."

The Angels added insurance with two runs in the seventh. Tepesch (3-5) gave up singles to Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Erick Aybar to produce the second Los Angeles run. Another run charged to Tepesch scored on a base hit off reliever Neftali Feliz.

"In that last inning, I thought they made good swings on pretty good pitches," Tepesch said.

Manager Ron Washington was pleased with Tepesch's effort.

"Tepesch pitched extremely well and did what we need him to do," Washington said. "It was a good thing to see. He threw one pitch he'd like to get back."

It was misfortune for Tepesch that he came up against Richards, who improved to 11-2.

"He had a heck of a game and is having a great year," Tepesch said.

Texas went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

"Our guys are working as hard as I am," Tepesch said. "There will be days when I give up runs and they'll have to pick me up again."

Said Washington: "Richards was better than we were tonight. It's tough when you have to face a guy like him. He has tremendous stuff. We just couldn't do it tonight."

Notes: The manager said the team looked "more engaged" in the wake of Thursday's clubhouse meeting. "And we finally got a well-pitched game." ... Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He also struck out three times Thursday. Washington said Choo probably is pressing because of his competitive nature. "But he's been around the game long enough to handle it," the manager said.