Rough night for Rangers as they fall 15-6

Rough night for Rangers as they fall 15-6

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ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 10: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers throws in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 10, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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by KATY CLARKE

WFAA Sports

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

In a loss so bad it required a 30 minute team meeting after the game, the Rangers fell 15-6 to the Los Angeles Angels.

Colby Lewis allowed a Rangers club record 13 runs, though only 11 of the runs were earned. The 13 runs were acquired during the first three innings of the game.

“I think they jumped on him early” said manager Ron Washington. “For three innings they just didn’t miss. It didn’t matter what he threw up there.”

The offensive explosion began in the first at-bat of the game, as Kole Calhoun tripled and scored on a throwing error by Adam Rosales.  Back-to-back singles from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols were followed by a Josh Hamilton double and Erick Aybar groundout to put two more runs on the board. Howie Kendrick hit a sacrifice fly to score Hamilton for the Angels final run of the inning.

Shin-Soo Choo lead off the first for the Rangers, and Adrian Beltre extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single to put two men on for rookie Jake Smolinkski. A two-run double for Smolinski scored Choo and Beltre and brought the Rangers back into the game.

A six-run second inning for the Angels removed the game from the Rangers grasp, starting with back-to-back singles from C.J. Cron and Hank Conger. Calhoun doubled to score Cron and Trout singled to score Conger. An error by Alex Rios allowed Albert Pujols to reach base, and Calhoun to score on an easy sacrifice fly play. Hamilton doubled to score Trout, Aybar singled to score Pujols, and Hamilton scored on a double play ball from Kendrick. At the end of the inning, Los Angeles lead the Rangers 10-2.

With Conger and Calhoun on base to start the third, Trout hit a three-run home run to give the Angels a run before Los Angeles hit a four inning drought.

Making his bid for team MVP, Smolinski lead off the fourth with a single, reaching second on an error by Hamilton. Moving to third on a flyout from Rosales, Smolinski would score on a sacrifice fly from Robinson Chirinos.

Not to be overshadowed by a rookie, Beltre gave the Rangers another run with a solo shot over the right field fence in the sixth.

The Angels offense returned in the eighth, scoring two runs of Aaron Poreda. Calhoun once again singled, and scored on a single from Pujols. With John McDonald pinch running from Pujols, the Angels got their last run of the night as a double from Hamilton scored McDonald.

Catcher Chris Gimenez made in pitching appearance for the Rangers in the ninth. In his first career pitching appearance, Gimenez was perfect, and even struck out a batter.

“I’m a catcher so I have an idea” said Gimenez. “I’m not trying to throw it 95, I’m just trying to throw it and let them get themselves out. Luck so has it, I got three guys out in a row.”

The Beltre-Smolinski duo once again came to play in the ninth, giving the Rangers a slight, but not nearly strong enough rally. . Beltre leadoff the inning with a single, and Daniel Robertson came in the game to pinch run. Smolinski hit his second double of the game to score Robertson. Chirinos singled to score Smolinski.

For the Rangers, tonight’s stars were the rookies, Smolinski, Roman Mendez and Matt West, all three guys who made their major league debuts this week. Smolinski’s three hits Thursday night gave him eight hits in the four games of his major league career, a Rangers’ club record. Both Mendez and West, who made his debut Thursday night, were able to shut down the powerful Angels offense.

Post-game coverage was delayed 30 minutes, as Washington called a team meeting immediately after the game.

“I think they received my message well” said Washington. “When I decide to give a message, it’s always received well. The message I sent it private, but I just think it needed to be sent.”

While Washington didn’t give away any clues as to what the message of the meeting was, Gimenez was kind enough to give the media a little hint, and also give his stamp of approval.

“I think it was needed” said Gimenez. Obviously we haven’t been playing very good. I think the biggest thing out of it is we’re not going to make excuses for ourselves. If we can’t pick it up from here on out, we don’t deserve to be here.”

The Rangers, who have now dropped five straight, are due for a win at any time. NIck Tepesch will take a shot at that win Friday night against Garrett Richards. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.

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