"I wanted to get ahead in the count," Lowe said.
But his fastball got too much of the high part of the strike zone and Jennings drilled it in the 10th inning to give the Rays a walkoff 5-4 victory over Texas. The loss means the Rangers finish the road trip at 3-3. At worst, they will be 2.5 games up in the AL West after today, depending on what the Angels do against Seattle tonight.
The Rangers fell behind 3-0 early on Wednesday, but clawed back. They got within one run on Mike Napoli's homer in the eigth and then tied it with Ian Kinsler's one-out homer in the ninth. Lowe came in for the 10th and wasn't able to send it to an 11th inning.
"Our team battled back to tie the game," Lowe said. "You don't want to be the guy standing out there when they score. But that's part of being a reliever. You have to swallow it, leave it here and get ready for the next day."
After Derek Holland came within one out of getting through the seventh, manager Ron Washington went with Koji Uehara to get the final out of the inning. Mike Adams pitched a perfect eighth and Darren Oliver got through the ninth. That left it up to Lowe in the 10th.
Neftali Feliz warmed up, but Washington was only going to use him if the club took the lead. That's normally how closers are used on the road in close games late.