The Texas Rangers took it on the chin again Thursday night losing three of four to the Oakland A’s with Texas phenom Yu Darvish on the mound suffering his fourth road loss of the season against seven wins at home.
Darvish lasted just 5 1/3 innings giving up six runs on just six hits and walking four while fanning just four in the loss. Texas manager Ron Washington relieved Darvish after throwing 110 pitches on the night.
“It was walks that hurt Darvish, and we didn’t supply enough runs,” manager Ron Washington said after the game.
“Oakland’s pitching staff did a good job this series,” Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said.
“But it was a little bit of both, us being in a slump, or not hitting, or hitting the ball right at people, them making good plays, us not getting any broken bats. There are a whole lot of things we can talk about.
“Looking over the last three years … this is out of the ordinary. What makes us so good is that it’s usually two, three guys who are getting it done, and it’s different people all the time. Right now, nobody is doing it.”
Oakland jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Darvish gave up a seeing-eye single to Jemile Weeks that fell in front of Nelson Cruz.
After getting Coco Crisp to pop out to catcher Mike Napoli, and fanning Josh Reddick on a 1-2 fastball Yoenis Cespedes laced a down the right field corner sending Weeks to all the way around to third.
Seth Smith lined a single to center field scoring Weeks putting the A’s up 1-0 before Brandon Inge flied out to center fielder Josh Hamilton to end the threat.
The A’s scored again in the third on a long home-run by Crisp that just curved around the right field foul pole for his first homer of the season and a 2-0 lead.
The Rangers scored their lone run in the top of the fourth when Hamilton laced his 12th double of the season down the right field line in front of an Adrian Beltre single to left fielder Seth Smith scoring Hamilton.
The A’s put the game out of reach in the bottom of the frame with a four spot against Darvish, and a lone run in their half of the seventh for the 7-1 win.
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