Rangers lose early four-run lead fol­low­ing an emo­tional few days

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The Texas Rangers seemed a bit wiped out after a few emo­tional days, both good and bad.

Hours after pitcher Yu Darvish was traded, and a day after Adrian Bel­tre’s 3,000th ca­reer hit, the Rangers blew a big early lead in a sloppy 6-4 loss to the Seat­tle Mariners on Mon­day night.

“Ob­vi­ously the mag­ni­tude yes­ter­day, the high emo­tion with the 3,000 hits and then to­day with the trades,” man­ager Jeff Banis­ter said.

“I don’t like to use those as any type of ex­cuse, but they are hu­man be­ings, and there are dif­fer­ent emo­tions.”

After jump­ing ahead 4-0 the first two in­nings against Felix Her­nan­dez, the Rangers couldn’t over­come four er­rors, two balks and 13 strike­outs against four Seat­tle pitch­ers.

Robin­son Cano had the tiebreak­ing two-run sin­gle in the ninth, lin­ing a ball over the head of right fielder Shin-Soo Choo.

Cano was thrown out try­ing to stretch the hit into a dou­ble, a play that came right after pitch­ing coach Doug Bro­cail was ejected for argu- ing a balk called against Alex Clau­dio (2-1) that put run­ners at sec­ond and third.

“About as rocky start as we’ve seen Felix have, he didn’t re­ally have a lot,” Mariners man­ager Scott Ser­vais said.

“The story of the game is re­ally the bullpen.”

David Phelps (1-1) got all five of his outs on strike­outs be­fore Ed­win Diaz pitched a per­fect ninth for his 20th save.

Rougned Odor and Car­los Gomez home­red for the Rangers, who had five hits in the first two in­nings — then only one the rest of the way.

Rangers starter Cole Hamels struck out seven and walked one over six in­nings. He al­lowed six hits and four runs (three earned).

Seat­tle tied the game at 4 with an un­earned run in the sixth in­ning. Guillermo Here­dia reached on a two-out er­ror by Bel­tre and scored on a triple by Leonys Martin. It was the third straight game that Bel­tre had a throw­ing er­ror at third base.

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