ARLINGTON -- After getting two-hit by a 22-year-old for seven innings and seeing staff ace C.J. Wilson rocked for eight runs, the Texas Rangers' clubhouse was, not surprisingly, the quietest place in town Friday evening.
Also not surprisingly, for a team that has become known for its resiliency, the Rangers' panic level was right on par with the decibel level.
Tampa Bay swatted three homers against Wilson, two by Fort Worth native Kelly Shoppach, and rookie Matt Moore and two relievers combined to two-hit the best-hitting team in the major leagues in a 9-0 Rays victory in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
Up next for the Rangers tonight in Game 2 of the best-of-five series is James Shields, who shut them down twice in a week's span about a month ago.
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The Rangers have also never won a home game during the division series, dropping to 0-7 at Rangers Ballpark.
Time to panic? Not for these Rangers.
"The game is over with," said center fielder Josh Hamilton, who had both Rangers hits.
"It's the same mentality as last year's playoffs when we won two there and came back here and lost two. You forget about it. You don't dwell on it. Momentum is with them, but we'll come out tomorrow and try to take it away from them."
Wilson didn't appear to be headed toward the worst outing in his playoff career after breezing through the first inning on only nine pitches. But he hit Ben Zobrist with a 1-2 pitch to start the second and fell behind Johnny Damon 3-1 before the veteran lofted a fly ball just beyond the right-field fence.
Shoppach, who entered with a .176 regular-season average, followed with a single, went to second on a groundout, and scored when Matt Joyce sneaked a grounder into right field with two outs.
Wilson had sandwiched strikeouts around two singles in the fourth before Shoppach drove the first pitch he saw onto Greene's Hill in straightaway center field for a 6-0 lead.
Shoppach's second homer, deep into the left-field seats in the fifth, followed a two-out throwing error on Adrian Beltre. Wilson got the final out, then was replaced by Scott Feldman with the Rangers trailing 8-0.
The problem for Wilson, who fell to 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in the postseason, was location issues caused by a breakdown with his mechanics.
"It was just one of those days where I needed to make a couple pitches and made mistakes," Wilson said. "The ball went over the fence. Usually that doesn't happen when I pitch. It was just some bad location."
Moore, meanwhile, mowed through a Rangers lineup that led the major leagues with a .283 batting average. He allowed two hits in seven innings, and only Elvis Andrus reached third base -- with two outs in the sixth.
The left-handed Moore entered with one career big-league start and 91/3 innings pitched. The Rangers were expecting him to be wilder than he was.
Michael Young said that the best thing Moore did was throw first-pitch strikes. Hamilton suggested that the Rangers' scouting report might have made them a little too cautious.
"We talked about it in our meetings that he was a little erratic," Hamilton said. "He didn't seem that way today, and that might have caused us to not be as aggressive as we normally are.
"Fastball, pretty straight. Not much command with his off-speed. It was out of character for us not to jump on pitches when we saw them."
It would be equally out of character for the Rangers to panic.
"We don't care what the loss is. A loss is a loss," Young said. "We need to come out and play our game. We don't get too wrapped up in what went wrong tonight. We're going to focus on things we do well and we expect it to happen tomorrow."
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