Rangers postgame notes: BAL 8, TEX 3

Rangers postgame notes: BAL 8, TEX 3

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ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 03: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers fields a an infield single hit by Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles in the top of the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 3, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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by LANDON HAAF

WFAA Sports

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Game Recap: Six-run eighth inning dooms Rangers in 8-3 loss

-- The Rangers have now allowed eight or more runs 13 times this season, which is the most in all of baseball. Ironically, they also lead the league in shutouts with 11 shutouts.

-- Alexi Ogando said that his inconsistency in the eighth inning could have been because of rust.

“I think a reason might be that I had four days without going out [to pitch],” he said through his translator. “That could be why I was outside the plate.”

Ogando had allowed just one run over 8.2 innings of relief since May 6, and thought he had built the trust of manager Ron Washington.

“When you’re making your pitches and doing what you’re supposed to do, that’s how get to having trust from your manager,” he said.

Washington said he had never lost confidence in Ogando.

-- Globe Life Park hasn’t been particularly kind to the Rangers of late. Their home record fell to 13-14 with Tuesday’s loss, after a 7-4 road trip. Washington said it doesn’t affect the team negatively.

“It’s not frustrating, and it doesn’t set us back,” he said. “It’s one game. I thought we were in that game all night, we just couldn’t shut them down in the eighth inning.”

-- Robinson Chirinos led off the fifth inning with a double over Nelson Cruz’s head in left field. Rougned Odor sacrificed him to third, but back-to-back strikeouts from Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus stranded Chirinos 90 feet from home.

Choo and Andrus were a combined 9-for-58 (.155) with runners in scoring position on the season coming into the game. Choo was 5-for-21 (.238) while Andrus was 4-for-37 (.108).

The Rangers came in to the game 13th in the league with 3.58 runners left in scoring position per game this season.

-- With Odor’s sac bunt in the fifth, the Rangers lead the American League with 22 sacrifice bunts on the season.

-- Adam Jones’s solo home run off the foul pole in right field ended a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings thrown by the Rangers’ pitching staff, dating back to the seventh inning Saturday in Washington, D.C.

-- Jones tied a career high with four hits. It was the 12th time in his career he had recorded four hits in a game.

-- Adrian Beltre and Robinson Chirinos both went yard Tuesday, marking the first multi-homer game for the Rangers since May 24.

-- Two Rangers made rehab appearances for Frisco on Tuesday. Tanner Scheppers pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit and throwing just six pitches (five strikes). Jim Adduci went 1-for-4 and started at first base for the RoughRiders. Frisco lost the game 3-1 to San Antonio.

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