Sans All-Stars, Rangers no match for O’s
Unfortunately for the
With Young (hamstring injury) sidelined for a fourth straight game and Hamilton (back) out for the third in a row, Texas managed only seven singles off Guthrie and two relievers. In Saturday’s defeat, the
As a result, Texas now stands 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles
“It’s frustrating to lose. I think the last time we scored was the third inning yesterday. Must be some good pitching going on,”
It was, he conceded, an opportunity lost.
“Of course we missed something because we feel like we can beat them,” he said. “On any given day it’s not always the best team that wins, it’s the team that plays the best. The past two days, they played better than us.”
“They’re missing a couple of their big offensive parts, but to their credit they’re still battling,” Guthrie said of the
Guthrie (10-13) continued his late-season revival with one of his best outings of the year. The right-hander struck out six, walked one and allowed only one runner past second base. He has won three of his last four starts, allowing only four runs over 27 innings to get his ERA below 5.00 (4.96) for the first time since May 30.
“The one consistent thing that I’ve had is that I’ve never stopped working, and I’ve never really lost the hope or the confidence that things would turn around at some point,” Guthrie said.
With Guthrie leading the way, the
“It’s unusual,” Kinsler said. “But we’re in the middle of a pennant race and we don’t have time to really think about that.
Fiorentino added an RBI single in the seventh for a 7-0 lead.
“It’s frustrating, but at the same time they’re big league baseball players,” Kinsler said. “You can’t just throw your glove out there and expect to win. You still have to score runs and play good defense, and they did it better than us for two games.”
Hamilton returned to Texas for more treatment on the pinched nerve in his back. … Roberts returned to his customary leadoff spot after batting third in the previous two games. … Baltimore improved to 2-8 in series finales, 1-5 at home, against the