The Nationals went deep often against the Rangers, as Texas continued to struggle in National League ballparks, falling 10-2 in Washington D.C.
Other than a two-run double from Jayson Werth in the second, all of the Nationals runs came off home runs. A solo blast from Anthony Rendon in the first, two-run homers from Jose Lobaton and pinch-hitter Scott Hairston, and a three-runner from Adam Laroche. The only homer the Nationals didn’t claim was a grand slam.
Starting pitcher Nick Tepesch went two innings for the Rangers and gave up five runs before Scott Baker entered the game for five innings of relief, and gave up five runs of his own. Tepesch’s two-innings were the fewest for a Rangers’ starter this year when injury wasn’t involved, and he seemed to struggle to control the ball they way he had in his previous two wins.
“Tep just didn’t quite have it today, and by the time we reached the second inning I knew he needed to come out” said manager Ron Washington. “He was getting deep into the counts, and he’d have to throw a strike and they’d make him pay for it.”
Both of the Rangers runs can be attributed to doubles, the first coming off a Rougned Odor double fifth, and the second coming off back-to-back doubles from Shin-Soo Choo and Mitch Moreland in the sixth.
After winning seven straight day-games, the quick turn around was too much for the Rangers to handle, as they reach the end of an eleven-game road trip. It has still been a successful trip for the Rangers, as they’ve gone 6-4 and narrowed Oakland’s lead for the division title. Winning the final game against the Nats Sunday, would help the Rangers momentum from the trip carry over to the nine-game homestand that starts Tuesday.
The Rangers are now 0-4 in National League parks for the 2014 season. Yu Darvish will take the mound for the Rangers Sunday, in an attempt to break that slump. Game time is slated for 12:35 p.m. CT.