ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre had four more hits on his way to 3,000 for his career. But the Rangers couldn't get one with runners in scoring position and in their shutout loss to the Marlins, 4-0, on Monday night.Beltre needs just seven more hits to become the 31st player in
ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre had four more hits on his way to 3,000 for his career. But the Rangers couldn't get one with runners in scoring position and in their shutout loss to the Marlins, 4-0, on Monday night.
Beltre needs just seven more hits to become the 31st player in Major League history to reach 3,000 hits for his career.
"I want to get it over with, obviously," Beltre said. "I want to do it on this homestand; our fans deserve to see it. But I want to get it over with and play baseball."
His teammates are in danger of making their own history. The Rangers were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, leaving with a .241 batting average in those situations. That's the second lowest by a Rangers team since 1974, next to a .227 average with runners in scoring position in 1992.
"This is an offense that's succeeded in those situations, but they are magnified in games like this," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "The biggest product of that is sometimes we are getting pitches to hit and not putting them in play, and hitting some balls hard at defenders. Tonight ... could we have been better? Yeah."
The Rangers won three straight against the Rays this weekend despite going 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position. They are hitting .196 in those situations in their last 11 games while going 5-6 since the All-Star break.
"We have been struggling," first baseman Mike Napoli said. "Our pitchers are doing a good job keeping us in games, but our offense hasn't been able to get it going."
A couple of big plays went against the Rangers in the third and fourth innings, when they were trailing 2-0 against Marlins starter Adam Conley.
Carlos Gomez singled with one out in the third and then Shin-Soo Choo grounded one through the right side. Gomez raced to third but Choo was thrown out by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton trying to turn a single into a double. Elvis Andrus flied out to end the inning.
Beltre had a single to lead off the fourth and, after Napoli popped out, Rougned Odor smashed one down the first-base line. Marlins first baseman Tyler Moore made a terrific diving stop and landed on the bag for an out. He then tagged out Beltre trying to get back to first to complete the double play.
"Baserunners in seven of nine innings," Banister said. "We hit some balls hard, but not with enough consistency to drive in runs."
The Marlins are in fourth place in the National League East, but they have also won nine of their last 12 on the road.
"They are a professional team," Napoli said. "They are not coming in here to lose. There are guys over there playing for something. They are going to come in here and try to win too. We have respect for everybody we play."
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.