- Inexperience hurts Rangers: Brad Snyder, making his first MLB start at first base and playing just his third professional game at the position, cut off a throw he shouldn’t have in the fourth inning.
“When you’re in a cut-off position, your head has to be on a swivel with the guys on the base paths so you know where everyone is at all times,” manager Ron Washington said. “It was an inexperienced move. But that’ll happen again in his game and he’ll do the right thing.
Rougned Odor made a costly error in the seventh inning that led to the go-ahead two-run single from Christian Yelich. In the previous inning, Odor - who had just one error in 99 chances coming into the game - missed a tag of Yelich on a grounder up the middle. He would then fail to make the out at first base, on a throw that Snyder missed in the dirt.
“I just wanted him to tag the runner,” Washington said. “If you look at it I think he was trying to get the double play instead of just trying to get the first out.”
- Colby Lewis allowed seven hits on 22 Marlin at-bats (.318), lowering his season opponent batting average. Lewis’s OBA entering Tuesday’s game was .338, and now stands at .336. American League batting leader Alex Rios finished Tuesday’s contest with a .335 season batting average. So, essentially, Colby Lewis has made every opposing hitter look like a batting champion in 2014.
Lewis hasn’t recorded more than six innings this season and hasn’t earned a quality start in any of his last 11 outings.
Lewis said after the game that his issue with his outing Tuesday was walking three Marlins.
“I don’t walk people, that’s my M.O.,” he said.
The grizzly 34-year-old veteran may be confused about his method of operation, as the three walks were right on par with his previous five outings. He has walked 17 batters over a span of just 33 innings in his last six starts combined.
Lewis took a no-decision in Tuesday’s game. He has a 1-3 record with 25 runs allowed in 30.1 innings at home. “Cobra” has surrendered 12 earned runs in 27.2 innings on the road, and boasts a 3-1 record away from Globe Life Park.
- Snyder's second-inning single was his first major league hit since June 7, 2011, when he singled off Edinson Volquez.
- Daniel Robertson pinch-hit for Leonys Martin with one out in the sixth inning with the tying run on third base. Washington said the move had to due with Martin not swinging the bat well Tuesday night, and not with Martin’s play in the field.
Martin was slow getting to a Yelich hit that fell into center field, allowing the Marlins’ leadoff man to stretch a single into a double.
- Left-handed batters are now hitting .300 (12 for 40) off Neal Cotts this season after Yelich singled off Cotts in the seventh. Two inherited runners scored on the play. Both were unearned runs to the ledger of Jason Frasor.
- Alex Rios has a seven-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .500. Rios maintained the American League batting average lead at .335.
- The Marlins have won 13 consecutive interleague games, tied for the longest streak in MLB history.