Texas Rangers: Scooter Gennett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alexi Ogando gave up three home runs and the Rangers' offense couldn't get going in a 5-1 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
Can't rally: Trailing 5-1, the Rangers loaded the bases on three singles in the bottom of the eighth to bring up the tying run. With one out, Elvis Andrus struck out against Brewers reliever Rob Wooten, the only batter Wooten faced. That's because manager Ron Roenicke went to closer Jim Henderson to face Ian Kinsler. Henderson won the battle despite falling behind in the count 3-1 as Kinsler lined out to third base. Kinsler has one hit in his last 20 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Ogando buries Rangers: Alexi Ogando was able to get his pitch count down, throwing 73 pitches in 6 1/3 innings, but at what price? He didn't pitch with conviction against the bottom of Milwaukee's lineup. No. 9 hitter Scooter Gennett hit his third and fourth home runs of the season for a 3-1 lead. Designated hitter Khris Davis, batting seventh, hit his fourth homer for a 4-1 lead in the top of the seventh. Rangers manager Ron Washington came and got Ogando after that.
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Khris Davis too: Khris Davis pulled a Chris Davis and hit a towering home run off the left-field foul pole for a 4-1 Milwaukee lead. Ogando had only allowed more than one home run in one start before Tuesday -- two against the Cubs on April 18.
Moreland goes yard: Mitch Moreland, starting for the first time since Saturday, tied the game at 1-1 with a line drive home run to right field. It was Moreland's 17th home run. Moreland has three home runs in his last 12 games after going eight games without one. Moreland is third on the team in homers.
Wasted chances: The Rangers twice had a runner at second with no outs and failed to score. It's uncharacteristic of the way they've played lately. Jurickson Profar singled and went to second on a wild pitch in the second inning and was stranded. Kinsler singled and went to second on an error and was left on at third base.
Botched rundown: The Rangers played like a team back at home after a long road trip. It showed when they didn't execute a rundown between third base and home in the top of the eighth. A.J. Pierzynski made a poor throw and then couldn't get the tag down on Jean Segura on the return throw from Adrian Beltre. Segura and Jonathan Lucroy were credited with a double steal.
Rain delay: Tuesday's game had a one hour, 16 minute rain delay after showers started at Rangers Ballpark at around 5:30 p.m. and lasted until 7 p.m.
Up next: The Rangers finish off a two-game series against Milwaukee with right-hander Matt Garza (1-1, 2.82 ERA) facing Brewers right-hander Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 1.72) at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.
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