Rangers swept as bullpen blows lead
The Sports Xchange
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - INSIDE PITCH
After losing 12-2 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday, the Rangers lost 4-3 on Sunday, a game in which they got outstanding pitching from right-hander Yu Darvish. Unfortunately for the Rangers, however, the relievers were as bad as their starter was good.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Rangers leading 3-1, right-hander Neftali Feliz gave up a two-run, game-tying home run to outfielder David Murphy that sent the game into extra innings. In the 12th inning, right-hander Phil Klein gave up a walkoff home run to outfielder Michael Brantley leading off the inning.
The Rangers' injury-riddled season has made it almost impossible for the team to sustain a level of success this season. They have lost three games in a row, including one started by Darvish.
Darvish is the team's stopper, even when all the other pitchers are healthy. But with so many of them on the disabled list, if Darvish doesn't win his start, it opens the door for another losing streak for the Rangers, especially when their offense is sputtering as it did in Cleveland. In their three losses to the Indians, the Rangers scored just five runs in the three games.
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost three
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--RHP Yu Darvish held Cleveland to one run on four hits through seven innings, and would have been the winning pitcher had the Rangers bullpen not given up a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning. "Yu did one heck of a job to get us where we needed to be. We just didn't shut the game down," said manager Ron Washington.
--RHP Neftali Feliz gave up a two-run game-tying home run to Cleveland OF David Murphy with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Rangers two outs away from a 3-1 victory.
--C Geovany Soto was 1-for-3 with a double in a start for Triple-A Round Rock Saturday night. It was the second rehab game for Soto, who has been on the disabled list since July 22 with a right groin strain.
--LHP Derek Holland (knee) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock Monday night vs. Memphis. This will be Holland's second rehab start. He pitched two scoreless innings for Double-A Frisco on July 31.
--RHP Alexi Ogando (right elbow inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sunday. He went on the 15-day disabled list June 4.
--OF Mike Carp was claimed on waivers by the Rangers Sunday. He was designated for assignment by Boston on Friday. Carp hit just .198 with no homers and nine RBIs in 42 games with the Red Sox and he was expendable after Boston traded for outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig.