Rangers unable to overcome early 10-run deficit

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ARLINGTON -- Manager Ron Washington and starting pitcher Colby Lewis weren't interested in playing the what-if game after a long Saturday afternoon at the ballpark.

Three times the Texas Rangers failed to push home a run with a man at third base and fewer than two outs.

Twice plays weren't made behind Lewis that could have altered the game's outcome.

In the end, though, the Rangers needed a dozen runs to beat Colorado at Rangers Ballpark, and they didn't get close enough.

Colby Lewis allowed eight runs in four innings, and a two-homer game by Nelson Cruz was wasted as the Rockies collected 16 hits en route to an 11-7 victory.

The loss snapped the Rangers' winning streak at seven games, and Lewis saw his ERA climb from 3.00 to 3.51 during what he called "a bad day at the office."

Afterward, he wasn't in much of a mood to discuss how different his day might have been had two third-inning plays been made behind him.

"Sometimes things go your way, and sometimes they don't," Lewis said. "I don't dissect good outings, and I don't dissect bad outings."

The Rockies scored once in the first after a diving Cruz just missed a two-out single by Jason Giambi, and they were leading 1-0 when Jordan Pacheco, Carlos Gonzalez and Giambi delivered consecutive one-out singles to load the bases.

Giambi's hit was initially scored as an error on first baseman Mike Napoli, who fell to the infield dirt as he went toward second base to grab a ground ball.

An out there changes everything, as Lewis (6-6) got Michael Cuddyer to pop out for what could have been the third out. Instead, Tyler Colvin batted in the inning and lofted a blooper into left field that fell between Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus.

That was another play that could have been made, and Washington said another out escaped the Rangers as Hamilton's throw home was in time but hit Gonzalez for an error.

Chris Nelson followed with a two-run single.

"You want to think that's a ball that should have been caught," said Washington, who thought Hamilton and Andrus might have been worried about colliding in left field. "There was a little bit of misjudgment there. That's a tough play."

The Rockies came up with three more runs in the fourth against Lewis, who had won two straight starts, and Michael Kirkman allowed the first three batters he faced in the fifth to score to make it 11-1.

But the Rangers charged back with six two-out runs in the fifth, three courtesy of Cruz's second blast, and had Ian Kinsler at third base with one out in the sixth.

He was stranded there, though, as Hamilton struck out for the third time and Adrian Beltre grounded out. The Rangers also missed out on similar scoring chances in the second and seventh.

Hamilton struck out four times and has fanned seven times in the first two games of the homestand.

Ultimately, said Washington, the missed chances weren't why the Rangers lost for the first time since June 14.

"Yeah, we made a couple mistakes, but those mistakes didn't have much to do with the game," he said. "We were down 11-1 at one time, so I don't know how you could say that was a game we should have won.

"We might have had a chance to win it if we'd put some more runs on the board."

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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