An unlikely cast helped the Texas Rangers turn a three-run deficit into a one-run lead in the sixth inning. But it didn’t last long.
The Miami Marlins took advantage of an error by the Rangers to score two runs in the seventh and went on to an 8-5 victory on Tuesday night.
The Rangers have lost four straight and eight of their last 11 to fall three games below .500.
Trailing 3-1 going into the sixth, the Rangers rallied to take the lead. Brad Snyder drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the first run, Robinson Chirinos had a sacrifice fly and then Alex Rios raced home on a wild pitch. Snyder scored on an infield single by rookie Rougned Odor to give the Rangers a 5-4 lead.
But the Marlins answered in the seventh. Justin Bour had a one-out single off Jason Frasor, and Jeff Mathis followed by reaching on an error by Odor. Each runner advanced on a fly out by Adeiny Hechavarria.
The Rangers opted to go with the lefty-lefty matchup next, bringing in Neal Cotts to face Christian Yelich. It didn’t work out, though, as Yelich drove a two-run single to left and put Miami back ahead for good.
The Marlins added two insurance runs in the eighth, including one on a play in which the Rangers had two throwing errors.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis earned a no-decision in a 106-pitch outing. He allowed three runs on seven hits with four walks, including one intentional, and three strikeouts over five innings.