Rangers haunted by failure to execute

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Holland and Robbie Ross didn't put away hitters, the offense didn't manufacture a run in the bottom of the sixth and the Texas Rangers lost another extra-innings game.

They're a half-game out of first place in the AL West and 1-6 in extra innings. On the bright side, maybe it will even out soon.

Holland, Ross and catcher A.J. Pierzynski all admitted the Rangers had no one to blame but themselves after Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners in 10 innings. In firecracker terms -- Thursday is the Fourth of July -- this was a dud.

Ross' night imploded in the top of the 10th. The Rangers' left-hander retired the first two batters he faced and was on the verge of giving his offense a chance at their second walk-off win of the season. He had Seattle designated hitter Michael Saunders down 0-and-2 in the count and walked him. It was a trend Holland had started in the sixth (more on that later).

Ross then went to a 1-1 count to Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, who is quickly becoming one of the toughest outs among young players in the American League. Ross made a good pitch to the left-handed hitting Seager -- an inside fastball -- but he was ready for it and slugged it into the right-field seats for a two-run home run and a 4-2 lead. Ball game.

"It was a good pitch," Ross said. "He was ready for it."

The game turned on the Rangers in the sixth inning. Holland had allowed a leadoff home run to Jason Bay, but David Murphy and Ian Kinsler had given him a 2-1 lead with homers off Felix Hernandez in the bottom of the fifth. All Holland needed was a shutdown inning.

He didn't get it.

Holland allowed leadoff singles to Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales, and after getting Seager out, he got ahead of Justin Smoak with the dreaded 0-2 count and walked him to load the bases.

Holland was able to bare down and strike out Dustin Ackley on a 3-2 slider for the second out. Holland couldn't put away Mariners catcher Mike Zunino. Again, Holland got ahead 0-2 and after Zunino fouled off a pitch, three consecutive sliders missed. After another foul ball, Zunino hit a tricky ground ball behind third base. Adrian Beltre went for a backhand stop, but the ball took a funky hop and he couldn't field it cleanly. Tie score.

"It's frustrating," Holland said. "My job is to go out there and keep the momentum on our side. I had two guys at 0-2 and didn't put them away."

The Rangers had a chance to get the run back in the bottom of the sixth against Hernandez. Beltre led off the inning with a double. All the Rangers had to do was execute.

But Pierzynski, trying to hit the ball to the right side, swung at a pitch that was off the plate and flew out to left. Lance Berkman then struck out and Mitch Moreland also flew out to left.

A chance to get the lead back ended up a missed opportunity. And that's how you get to another extra-innings loss.

"It just wasn't good," Pierzynski said of his at-bat. "I have to get the guy over right there. I didn't get it done."