NEW YORK – The middle innings did Colby Lewis in Thursday afternoon from Yankee Stadium. And the Rangers right-hander didn’t get enough support in the late innings from his teammates to overcome his issues in a 4-2 loss to the Yankees.
The loss dropped the Rangers to a 40-62 on the season, marking the first time since 1988 that the franchise has dipped 22 games under .500.
What happened?: With the score tied in the fifth, Lewis committed the unallowable, walking Ichiro Suzuki to start the inning. Francisco Cervelli shot a double down the left-field line, and Ichiro used his speed to score all the way from first. Brendan Ryan then bunted Cervelli over to third and, after a walk to Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner got Cervelli home with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Rangers cut the deficit to 3-2 on a solo shot from J.P. Arencibia in the seventh, but that’s about as close as the visitors would get.
The road trip: The Rangers finished 2-5 on the road trip, lost their closer (Joakim Soria) to a trade, missed their starting right fielder Alex Rios for three games with a sprained ankle, lost a four hour and 51 minute 14-inning game and another game that was cut short after the grounds crew failed to get the tarp on the field. The Rangers lost three out of four games to the Yankees to conclude the trip. Elvis Andrus (6-for-30), Adrian Beltre (5-for-29) and Shin-Soo Choo (5-for-24) didn't get much going with the bats.
RISP slide: The Rangers were 1-for-12 the last two games with runners in scoring position. Robinson Chirinos hit into a 6-4-3 double play in the third. After Rougned Odor singled, Choo reached on a hit to right-center. Andrus ended an 0-for-12 slide with a bloop single in shallow center to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead and give the Rangers their first hit with runners in scoring postition. Alex Rios ended the inning on a fly ball to right. For the game, the Rangers were 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and 6-for-26 in the four-game series.
What’s next?: The Rangers start a six-game homestand Friday night against AL West rival Oakland. The starter for Friday’s game is undetermined. It was supposed to be Nick Tepesch, but he was scratched Thursday morning when the club decided it was best to protect him after his emergency relief appearance Tuesday night. Expect Scott Baker or a minor league call-up to get the start.