After winning two walk-off's in the past week, the Rangers were giving a taste of the own medicine, falling to the Miami Marlins 4-3 in the 10th inning.
Former Rangers Jeff Baker started it off for the Marlins, reaching on an error by first baseman Mike Carp, that could have easily been a throwing error on Adrian Beltre. Donovan Solano singled, and with two men on and two outs, Ron Washington made a call to the bullpen, bringing in closer Neftali Feliz to replace Neal Cotts. Giancarlo Stanton ripped the ball to right field, Baker scored, and the Rangers lost the game.
Leading up to the dramatic ending, the Rangers were the first on the board, posting a run in the top of the fourth. After Beltre hit a double, back-to-back singles from Jim Adduci and Leonys Martin loaded the bases for Robinson Chirinos. Chirinos hit into a fielder's choice, narrowly escaping a double play but scoring Beltre in the process.
Miami however, quickly volleyed with a run of their own, as Marcell Ozuna hit a solo home run to tie it up in the bottom of the fourth.
Garrett Jones hit a leadoff double for the Marlins in the sixth, paving the way for Miami's momentary takeover of the lead. Back-to-back singles from Ozuna and Jarrod Saltalamacchia scored Jones, and an Adeiny Hecchavaria sacrifice fly scored Ozuna.
Two runs for Texas in the seventh tied the game 3-3, with each run coming in an unconventional way. First, Rougned Odor doubled, but an error by Giancarlo Stanton in right field would allow Odor to keep rounding the bases and score. Then, J.P. Arencibia was walked, Shin-Soo Choo singled, and Beltre was intentionally walked to load the bases. Daniel Robertson pinch-hit for Jim Adduci, and was walked, scoring Arencibia for the tying run.
The Rangers had a chance to take the lead in the ninth, with Elvis Andrus and Beltre on the corners for Robertson. A suicide squeeze was called, Andrus got the memo but Robertson didn't, and Andrus was caught trying to steal home. With Steve Cischek, who's sidearm approach is full of movement, it seemed odd that a squeeze was in the books in the first place, but the call contributed largely to the loss nonetheless.
Miles Mikolas had a much improved start for the Rangers, which wasn't too hard considering he gave up 10 runs in his last start. Early on, Mikolas dominated, minus the one pitch to Ozuna, but began to lose control in the sixth. None of it would matter however, as the lizard king was given the no decision.
Roman Mendez, Phil Klein, and Steve Tolleson all came out of the bullpen and shutout the Marlins, before Cotts was ultimately given the loss, in collaboration with Feliz. The bullpen has been solid for the Rangers the past week, but wasn't quite strong enough to keep the game going after the offense failed to perform.
Nick Martinez takes the mound in his hometown Wednesday, looking to win his third game of the year in front of family and friends. Game time is slated for 11:40 p.m. CT.