ARLINGTON, Texas -- For the first time all season, many fans in a nearly packed house at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington left for the exits a full inning before the game was over.
A 10-3 loss will do that, the Rangers' most lopsided defeat of the season. It was an odd one, too. Going into the eighth inning, it was a 4-3 Seattle lead and the crowd of 34, 531 wondered if a dramatic comeback was on the horizon.
But struggles by bullpen stalwarts and defensive miscues by an otherwise solid team with the gloves turned the game into a rout as the Mariners scored six runs in the eighth and won the game going away. Of the 10 runs, four were unearned.
"It was a really weird game, but they played better than us today," shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "They hit the ball pretty good. We had some moments for sure, but we couldn't score some runs or make some plays. You come back tomorrow and try to win the series. Everybody has a good team. We don't expect to win every game. You turn the page and carry the positives in to the game tomorrow and try to win the series."
The left side of the infield accounted for both of the Rangers' errors Tuesday, a rarity from the sure-handed Andrus and Adrian Beltre. With the Rangers down 2-1 in the fifth, Beltre made a nice stab to his right on a hard grounder, but then threw the ball into the Rangers' dugout. That allowed the Mariners to score two runs. Josh Hamilton's two-run homer closed the gap to one-run again until the eighth, when things unraveled.
"It was that one inning," Michael Young said.
Andrus couldn't glove a bouncer hit at him with the bases loaded, saying the ball jumped to his right on him and he wasn't able to recover. That helped the Mariners along in an inning that included a wild pitch, a ball hit to right field that Nelson Cruz didn't get a good enough jump on to catch and struggles by relievers Alexi Ogando and Mike Adams.
"I don't think there'll be another game where I have to go get Ogando and Adams like that in an inning," manager Ron Washington said.
After getting through the seventh, Ogando came out for the eighth and faced three batters. He didn't get any of them out. Ogando gave up a double and two singles and eventually all three of those runners scored. It was the fifth time in his last six appearances that Ogando has allowed a run. Washington said he didn't think Ogando's arm, which was bruised when it was hit by a pitch on Sunday, had anything to do with it. Ogando ended up allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits.
Adams then came in and struggled too. He gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and departed without recording an out. Mark Lowe was inserted in the game and finally got out of the inning. By the end, it was six runs allowed and a different game.
"It's frustrating," Adams said. "I was getting ground ball after ground ball, but couldn't get them hit to somebody. It's disappointing the results were what they were. The main thing is try to move on to tomorrow and put this one behind us. You never like the outcome of something like that, but it happens every now and then.
"You have to let these things go. Games like this are going to happen. I'm sure it probably won't be the last one that happens like this this year. It's baseball. You play 162 games, you're bound to get whooped up on a couple of times. We'll put this one in the books and move on to tomorrow."