Rangers return to familiar faces, same old struggling offense in loss
It was a homecoming in a lot of ways for the Rangers Tuesday, but the night didn't have a happy ending.
Texas Rangers' Colby Lewis hands the ball over to manager Ron Washington as catcher Robinson Chirinos watches in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
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By Keith Whitmire
ARLINGTON, Texas - Trying to break a five-game losing streak, the Rangers couldn't win their homecoming game in an 8-2 loss to Detroit on Tuesday night.
It was a homecoming for the Rangers after a 3-6 road trip. It was a homecoming for veteran Carlos Pena, who made his first appearance in a Rangers uniform since 2001.
But most of all it was a homecoming for former All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler, who was traded in the off-season.
Kinsler waved like a newly-crowned homecoming queen toward the Rangers' dugout after hitting a first-inning homer off former teammate Colby Lewis.
"Yeah, I noticed his gesture," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I have no comment on that. I'll keep that between us."
Lewis said something to Kinsler when he passed by the mound in the third inning, but said it was nothing more than, "Good to see you."
Kinsler had some incendiary quotes about the Rangers after the trade that sent him to Detroit. Lewis said he was "disappointed" by the gesture but believes it was directed at the organization.
"It's about how things transpired and he's got his view on it," Lewis said. "I'm taking it as that he was disappointed with that aspect of things and not with me."
How things transpired for Lewis was also disappointing, ultimately. The solo homer to Kinsler was all Lewis allowed through the first six innings. Lewis was in line for his first quality start of the season when he gave up a leadoff double to Victor Martinez followed by a homer to J.D. Martinez in the seventh.
A fourth run was charged to Lewis after he was pulled, ruining his bid for a quality start.
"I'm not taking too much away from tonight," Lewis said. "I feel like I threw the ball really good. It was one of those nights that you've got to keep it close and they came out on top."
Reliever Ben Rowen gave up two more runs and had to be rescued by Shawn Tolleson. By the time the smoke cleared in the top of the seventh, the Tigers had scored five runs and sent 11 batters to the plate.
Detroit scored two more runs in the eighth and just like that a 1-1 game turned into another runaway loss for the Rangers.
Even on a night when third baseman Adrian Beltre went 4-for-4, including getting hit No. 2,500 with a single in the second inning, the Rangers' offense was frozen.
"It's just not getting the job done right now," Washington said. "We can't seem to put anything togetherâ¦ We put ourselves in position early to make something happen, we just couldn't get the hit."
Pena, the Rangers' latest attempt at filling the hole at first base, was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first game since being called up from Triple A.