Both starting pitchers, Hunter and Ricky Romero (12-8), went seven innings. Romero, who has historically pitched well against Texas, gave up only one run against Hunter's seven.
The Rangers hoped Hunter would right the ship after the team suffered a series sweep at the hands of the Twins. Hunter pitched a few solid innings, but the damage was done in the third when Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill drove in five runs off two homers. Yunel Escobar also got in the act with a solo shot in the seventh.
Michael Young, one of the few bright spots in the Rangers' lineup, went 3-for-3 with a RBI, a walk and also added some nice defensive plays at third base. Vladimir Guerrero swung the bat well, knocking in a couple of extra-base hits and scoring one of the Rangers' runs.
Alyssa Milano of "Who's the Boss?" fame was in attendance for the Rangers' Labor Day loss.