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Rapid Reaction: Athletics 6, Rangers 2

September, 26, 2014
Sep 26

ARLINGTON, Texas -- At some point it had to end.


The Texas Rangers' five-game win streak ended in a 6-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

As this season inches to a conclusion, the Athletics, a team that’s struggled in the second half, reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff berth to one, pending the outcome of Friday night’s game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels.

Rangers starter Nick Tepesch displayed something most observers have known for most of the season: He struggles with consistency.

Tepesch (5-11) gave up six runs, of which five were earned, in 4 1/3 innings. He walked four while tossing 88 pitches. Tepesch earned a no-decision in his previous outing, Sept. 21 against the Angels in Anaheim, California, where he gave up just one run in seven innings. He left with the game tied at 1-1. Prior to that, he earned a victory at Oakland on Sept. 16. But that broke a four-start winless streak, in which three of the games resulted in losses.

In those four starts, Tepesch gave up 15 runs on 28 hits in 22 innings of work.

Prior to Tepesch’s start on Friday, Rangers starters allowed just three earned runs or fewer in 17 of the club’s past 18 games, starting Sept. 6.

Good starting pitching ended Friday night.

How it happened?: Leonys Martin started things for the Rangers with a leadoff single against Scott Kazmir in the first. He later scored on Ryan Rua’s double to center. The Athletics had the infield in on Rua’s at-bat, telling you the desperate nature of this team, given how poorly Oakland has played in the second half.

In the third inning, the Athletics got a two-run double from power hitter Adam Dunn, who was batting second for the first time all season and for the first time since 2011. Josh Reddick added to the lead with a solo shot in the fourth to make the score 3-1 in favor of Oakland.

In the fifth, the A’s broke the game open on Tepesch. With one out, Tepesch allowed a single and a walk before Jed Lowrie’s double to right pushed the lead to 4-1. Then Reddick struck again -- this time against reliever Robbie Ross Jr. -- with a two-run single to center for a 6-1 lead.

A solid stretch of games: Before losing on Friday night, the Rangers produced a major league-best 12-1 record since Sept. 12. Only two teams, the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays, had won 12 of 13 games this season. During the month of September, the Rangers are 13-11, tying for their second-most victories in any month this season. The Rangers went 15-12 in April and 13-15 in May.

A few hitting streaks and slumps: Martin is hitting 3-for-15 during this seven-game homestand, but over the past 21 games the Rangers' leadoff hitter is hitting .313 with multiple hits in 16 of the past 40 contests.

Elvis Andrus is hitting .211 in the past 31 games and has just three hits during the homestand.

Adrian Beltre is hitting .362 in the past 38 games and .333 during this homestand. Friday he went 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning single.

Rua has hit safely in 15 of the past 18 games, and this includes seven doubles and 11 RBIs.

What’s next?: On Saturday night, LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 1.31) starts against Jeff Samardzija (5-5, 2.92 with Oakland). First pitch of the third game in this four-game series is at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Rapid Reaction: Athletics 9, Rangers 3

April, 29, 2014
Apr 29

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Tuesday, clinching the three-game series. They'll have a chance at a sweep -- something the Rangers did to them in Oakland last week -- on Wednesday. Some quick thoughts:

How it happened: Like the A's did to Yu Darvish on Monday, the disciplined A's hitters laid off Martin Perez's pitches outside the zone. On Tuesday, that was Perez's changeup, usually a swing-and-miss pitch for him that instead became a gaggle of balls as the A's avoided the pitch and waited on the fastball. Perez then threw too many of those up in the zone, and the A's didn't miss, collecting eight hits to drive in eight runs off him.

What it means: The A's are guaranteed to leave Arlington (and end April) in first place in the American League West. The question now is whether it will be a one-game lead or a three-game advantage.

Scoreless streak ends: Perez came into the game with 26 straight scoreless innings. The streak ended quickly as the A's scored twice in the first inning on a two-run double by catcher Derek Norris with two outs. Leonys Martin made a diving attempt on the hit, but couldn't get to it.

Two-out walks: All three walks for Perez were costly. Perez walked Yoenis Cespedes in the first with two outs, and he scored on Norris' double. In the fifth, two two-out walks ended Perez's night, the second a walk with the bases loaded to make it 5-1. Jason Frasor came in and he walked Craig Gentry with the bases loaded, then gave up a two-run single to give the A's an 8-1 lead.

ERA doubles: Perez came in fresh off two complete-game shutouts and sporting a 1.42 ERA. The eight earned runs in 4 2/3 innings increased his ERA to 2.95.

Turning on the jets: Adrian Beltre did something he rarely does in the fourth inning: He scored from first on a double. Alex Rios hit a double that was out of the reach of Gentry at the wall in left and Beltre never stopped. He slid in safely at home with the Rangers' first run.

Wrong routes?: Michael Choice had a tough night in the field, taking some circuitous routes to fly balls in left off a few A's bats. That included a double by Josh Donaldson in the fourth that went off Choice's glove near the wall. It wasn't a routine play, but it looked as if Choice could have had it.

Briefly: Gentry, a former Ranger, singled to lead off the second inning in his first at-bat against his former team in Arlington. He later scored the third run of the game. … Alberto Callaspo made a heads-up play in the fourth, throwing home immediately on a ground ball by Martin to get Rios caught in a rundown. Rather than take the easy out at first, Callaspo prevented a run. … Dan Robertson made his major league debut, pinch running for Shin-Soo Choo in the seventh inning.

Up next: LHP Robbie Ross (1-1, 2.45 ERA) goes up against RHP Jesse Chavez (1-0, 2.32 ERA) in the final game of this three-games series at 7:05 p.m. CT on FSSW and 570 AM. This is the last game between Oakland and Texas until June 16, when the two teams play again in California.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 6, Athletics 5

May, 15, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers had to work 10 innings, but they beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 and evened their series at one win apiece entering the finale on Wednesday afternoon at the O.co Coliseum.

Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.

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Tenth-inning heroics: With one out in the top of the 10th, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre crushed a solo home run to left center off A's reliever Chris Resop to put the Rangers ahead 5-4. Then, with two outs, first baseman Mitch Moreland launched his second home run of the night, a solo shot to center off Resop. Beltre and Moreland both have nine home runs, sharing the team lead with Nelson Cruz. The Rangers had lost five straight games at the Coliseum before Beltre and Moreland powered them past the A's.

Rangers strike first: For the second straight game, the Rangers struck first, this time grabbing a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. Shortstop Elvis Andrus led off with an infield single, the Rangers' first hit off Bartolo Colon. With one out, Beltre blooped a double to right, moving Andrus to third. Cruz drove in Andrus with a sacrifice fly to right, and Moreland followed with his two-run blast. The Rangers scored another run in the eighth when Andrus hit another leadoff single, moved to third on Beltre's one-out single and scored on another Cruz sacrifice fly.

Home-run binge: Another day, another impressive home run for Moreland. In the fourth inning, he sent a moon shot high over the right-center wall for a two-run blast off Bartolo Colon for his eighth homer of the season. Colon's 3-1 pitch was belt-high and down the middle, and Moreland didn't miss. Moreland has homered in back-to-back games and six times in his past nine games. He extended his hitting streak to a season-high seven games. He had his fifth career two-homer game.

Good start turns bad: Rangers left-hander Derek Holland cruised through the first four innings, blanking the A's on three hits while striking out four. But he ran into trouble in the fifth and sixth and wound up with a no-decision. In his previous start against the Milwaukee Brewers, he allowed 10 hits but just one run over seven innings in a victory. This time, he allowed eight hits and four runs in just 5⅔ innings, striking out five and walking one. A's left fielder Seth Smith lined a leadoff single to right in the fifth, Nate Freiman singled to center and Holland walked No. 9 hitter Michael Taylor, loading the bases. Holland got Adam Rosales to hit into a double play as Smith scored. Then shortstop Jed Lowrie roped an RBI double to left. Josh Donaldson led off the sixth with a double -- his third straight hit off Holland -- moved to third on a groundout and scored on Luke Montz's sacrifice fly. When Holland gave up a single to Smith, reliever Robbie Ross replaced him. But Freiman greeted him with an RBI double to give the A's a 4-3 lead.

Battle of the bullpens: After Holland exited, Ross, Jason Frasor and Tanner Scheppers combined to allow just two hits and no runs over the next 3⅓ innings. Scheppers pitched two perfect innings, mixing heat that reached as high as 98 mph with effective off-speed pitches. He earned the win. Closer Joe Nathan retired the first batter he faced in the 10th but walked Derek Norris and John Jaso and gave up an RBI double to Smith before striking out Daric Barton and retiring Eric Sogard on a ground ball.

Up next: The Rangers face the A's in the finale of their three-game series Wednesday at 2:35 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM. Right-hander Alexi Ogando will face A's right-hander Dan Straily in the final game of the Rangers' nine-game road trip.
HOUSTON -- Derek Holland said he was frustrated but everything he tried failed.

The Texas Rangers left-handed starter lost a four-run lead, gave up a season-high three home runs and was taken out after just five innings.

He took the loss in a 6-5 victory for the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

It was Holland's first start since May 10, but he pitched one inning of relief Monday against Kansas City and had one bullpen session before the team arrived here.

So with all the rest, what happened?

"The first two innings, he was real sharp," manager Ron Washington said. "Then all of a sudden he couldn't get the ball to his arm side, which means he had to come to the middle of the plate or inside, and he didn't get there and those right-handed hitters just turned him around. When the first two innings started, I thought he was on his way to having a pretty good game, it just didn't turn out that way. He got the ball up and got into some wrong spots and those right-handed hitters didn't miss it."

Holland (3-3) allowed five runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks. He struck out six while throwing 100 pitches. In the first three innings, Holland struck out three and only allowed two hits, an infield single by Jed Lowrie and a home run to the No. 8 hitter Chris Snyder.

It unraveled in the fourth when he walked Justin Maxwell to start things and gave up a home run to cleanup hitter Carlos Lee to cut a 4-1 deficit to one. In the fifth, he gave up a two-out single to Jose Altuve and Maxwell hit what Washington called a "bomb" to left that gave the Astros a 5-4 lead.

Washington said his young starter has to finish the deal when given a lead.

"It's obvious I was supposed to put that away," Holland said. "But I couldn't get my fastball down and a couple of pitches got away and they hit them."

Holland said he didn't really know what was going on with his lack of command after the second inning.

"To be honest, I couldn't really tell you exactly what it was," he said. "I just know my fastball command went erratic all of a sudden. I couldn't locate down, everything was up. Just fell behind a lot so it made it predictable what to sit on, too."

Rapid Reaction: Astros 6, Rangers 5

May, 19, 2012

HOUSTON -- The Texas Rangers blew an early four-run lead and had a rally fall just a run short in a 6-5 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

Lefty Derek Holland, in his first starting appearance in eight days, had a four-run lead, but gave up a season-high three home runs and took the loss. The Rangers' biggest highlight was a David Murphy inside-the-park home run in the third that drove in three runs to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead.

Holland loses lead: Holland last started May 10 at Baltimore. He then pitched one inning in relief May 14 and had a bullpen session a few days later. Holland said he wasn't working on anything specifically and the extended rest shouldn't bother him. He pitched well early until the middle innings. With a 4-1 lead, Holland walked Justin Maxwell to start the fourth inning. Carlos Lee hammered a fastball to left for a home run to cut the deficit to 4-3. In the fifth, Holland gave up a two-out single to Jose Altuve and Maxwell hit a homer off a belt-high pitch to left, giving the Astros a 5-4 lead. Holland left after five innings. He gave up five earned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Late rally shut down: The Rangers cut a two-run deficit to one when Josh Hamilton drove in Elvis Andrus on a sacrifice fly to right in the seventh inning. The Rangers tried to get a rally going in the eighth. Michael Young and Brandon Snyder reached on singles to start the inning. Reliever Brandon Lyon was brought in to minimize the damage. He got Nelson Cruz to fly out to right and Mike Napoli hit into what was almost a 4-6-3 double play. Instead, Napoli was ruled out at first but Snyder was safe at second when shortstop Jed Lowrie came off the bag too early on the relay throw from second baseman Altuve. Pinch hitter Craig Gentry ended the inning with a flyout to center.

The bullpen: Closer Joe Nathan appeared to be unavailable after pitching four consecutive days for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010. Setup man Mike Adams was also unavailable because he's still recovering from a respiratory infection. It left manager Ron Washington to use Alexi Ogando, Mark Lowe and Koji Uehara as the setup men. Robbie Ross was available for at least one hitter after pitching Friday night. Ogando appeared in the sixth inning, relieving Holland. He allowed one run on two hits in two innings of work. Lowe pitched a scoreless eighth. He's allowed just one run the last nine games.

Hamilton in homerless string: Hamilton hasn't hit a home run the last seven games, his longest drought of the season. No biggie. Hamilton still leads the majors with 18 home runs. Hamilton had a six-game stretch where he hit nine home runs. When his night was over, Hamilton was 0-3.

Murphy hits inside-the-park home run: Murphy's third-inning inside-the-park home run was the first of his career and the 23rd in franchise history. Murphy sent a shot to right-center field where right fielder Maxwell missed a diving catch. Murphy beat the throw home easily. It was Murphy's first inside-the-park homer of his career and first for the Rangers since Gentry did it Sept. 23, 2011.

Notes: The Rangers started the season 15-4 but since then have gone just 10-12, including a 8-10 mark in May. ... Because of pinch hitters, the Rangers moved Hamilton to right field in the ninth inning.

Next: The Rangers and Astros play the finale of the Silver Boot series at Minute Maid Park. Colby Lewis takes on Jordan Lyles at 1:05 p.m.

Boston's Jed Lowrie won't test heat

August, 15, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Red Sox second baseman Jed Lowrie left Friday night's game with heat exhaustion, sat out Saturday's game and won't test today's searing heat either.

Lowrie missed 94 games this season with mononucleosis.

Bill Hall will replace Lowrie at second base. Meanwhile, David Ortiz will have the day off and former Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will make his first start of the series for the Red Sox and second since being recalled.

Meanwhile, the Rangers are going with a reserve-laden lineup with Ian Kinsler still out, Nelson Cruz out with a hamstring injury and Vladimir Guerrero receiving the day off.

Today's lineups:

Texas Rangers (66-49)
SS Elvis Andrus (.274)
3B Michael Young (.288)
LF David Murphy (.273)
DH Josh Hamilton (.362)
1B Jorge Cantu (.273)
RF Mitch Moreland (.303)
C Taylor Teagarden (.122)
2B Andres Blanco (.232)
CF Julio Borbon (.266)
P C.J. Wilson (10-5, 3.30 ERA)

Boston Red Sox (67-51)
SS Marco Scutaro (.269)
RF Darnell McDonald (.259)
1B Victor Martinez (.281)
3B Adrian Beltre (.329)
DH Mike Lowell (.248)
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.333)
2B Bill Hall (.246)
CF Ryan Kalish (.326)
LF Eric Patterson (.222)



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182