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