The Rangers record continues to plummet as they lost their third straight game, falling 8-3 to the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles continued Monday’s trend of going deep early, as Steve Pearce and Nelson Cruz each hit a solo home run off Nick Martinez in the first.
Texas tied it up in the second, as a leadoff single from Robinson Chirinos was followed by a double from Chris Gimenez. In his first major league at-bat of the year, Adam Rosales doubled to score Chirinos and Gimenez, and put the Rangers right back in the game.
Unfortunately for Texas, the tie game was short lived as Martinez gave up his third home run of the night, this time a two-run blast to Caleb Joseph.
Four more runs were given to the Orioles, to the fault of Elvis Andrus who made an error on a ground ball that should have been a double play to end the fourth inning. The error occurred with the bases loaded, allowed J.J. Hardy to score. Following the error, a shaken up Martinez allowed a two-run double to Nick Markakis, and a sacrifice fly to Pearce, before escaping the inning.
“Mistakes are a part of the game” said manager Ron Washington. “Nobody feels worse about it than Elvis, and he’s only human. In this game you make errors.Up until that point he’s been outstanding.”
The situation however, was handed maturely by Martinez who accepted responsibility for the four runs. While Martinez was relatively pleased with his performance, he is willing to admit that his biggest mistake of the game was a play against a batter that he should have technically never had to face.
“I felt good today” said Martinez. “I felt like I pitched better than it showed. I think the biggest mistake, the one I wish I could have back, was the one against Markakis. You can’t fall behind against a veteran hitter, and that one hurt me.”
Martinez was able to pitch two shut down innings, and more than ever it is important to stress that he is a kid who is pitching his rookie season in the majors, when in all reality he should still be figuring out his repertoire in the minors. Martinez will make mistakes, but he’ll also give you five perfect innings like he did in Los Angeles. With every start Martinez makes, even with a loss, be thankful for the experience this young, talented player is getting. The Rangers certainly are.
“I thought Nick went out there and hung well” said Washington. “He showed grit. I know he would have like to have made a better pitch, but he held up. Nick is fine.”
The Rangers were able to slightly cut the Orioles lead in the sixth, as they acquired one last run. Alex Rios and Adrian Beltre opened the inning with singles, and then advanced bases on a groundout from Chirinos. Another groundout from Gimenez would score Rios.
Miles Mikolas starts for the Rangers Wednesday, after being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Joe Saunders. Game time is slated for 6:05 p.m. CT.