Rangers' pair of homers not enough in slugfest

September 14th, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitchers gave up 14 runs on Friday night, and 12 scored with two outs in an inning.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward found that mystifying after a 14-9 loss to the A's at Globe Life Park.

“Twelve runs with two outs, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that,” Woodward said. “It [stinks], because we are on the losing end of it.”

The Rangers couldn’t take advantage of a pair of three-run home runs by and Danny Santana off A's starter Chris Bassitt. Instead, they were outslugged by the A's, who hit five home runs, including two by Khris Davis off Rangers starter Brock Burke. Davis has 32 home runs against the Rangers in 69 career games.

It was the second straight rough start for Burke, who allowed six runs in three innings. He has allowed 12 runs in his last eight innings over two starts after giving up only three in 18 innings over his first three starts for the Rangers.

“I just made a lot of mistakes, and a good team like that is going to expose mistakes, especially when you fall back in the count,” Burke said. “They were seeing the ball well and hit the mistakes that I made. I tried some other pitches, and they also didn’t work. I was catching too much of the plate, and they were just right on it and they weren’t missing.”

Five of the six runs allowed by Burke came with two outs, but he wasn’t the only victim. With the game tied at 7, reliever Ian Gibaut gave up a three-run home run to Ramon Laureano in the sixth, and the A's scored four two-out runs in the ninth off Jeffrey Springs.

“When we have a chance to end an inning, you have to make them beat us with a quality pitch, and we left some balls in the middle,” Woodward said. “Probably some pitches we shouldn’t throw to certain hitters in the middle of the plate, and they made us pay.”

Woodward was also rankled by a couple of leadoff walks.

Choo’s three-run home run in the second gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead. But Burke walked Laureano to lead off the third, and Laureano scored on Davis’ two-out, three-run home run.

Santana hit a three-run home run in the third to put the Rangers ahead, 7-6, but reliever Adrian Sampson, taking over for Burke, walked Sean Murphy to lead off the fourth. Murphy later scored on a sacrifice fly by Laureano.

“Walking the leadoff guy, that’s a big no-no,” Woodward said. “A couple times that came after we scored. You're asking for trouble when you do that. I went back and looked at some pitches, it’s just lack of execution.”