The Texas Rangers had their biggest offensive output of the season Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough.
Ross Detwiler lasted only 2 1/3 innings, and a wild Tanner Scheppers opened the door for Seattle to rally for five runs in the final two innings to stun the Rangers with an 11-10 victory.
Nefali Feliz was summoned in the eighth for a five-out save after Scheppers walked three of the four he faced and Keone Kela walked in a run. Feliz allowed a two-out, two-run single to Kyle Seager, but got out of the inning with a 10-9 lead.
Brad Miller opened the ninth with a single. After Logan Morrison flied out and Seth Smith walked, Austin Jackson singled in Miller. Rickie Weeks then flied out to shallow center field, Robinson Cano was intentionally walked, and Nelson Cruz won it with a single to left field.
The Rangers twice led by five runs, at 7-2 after a seven-run third inning and 10-5 after a three-run sixth. Jake Smolinski homered in the third, an inning in which the Rangers collected seven hits.
Detwiler allowed five runs, three of them in the third after being staked to the 7-2 lead. Cruz hit a three-run homer, his second homer of the game and the third allowed by Detwiler.
Pitching: Ross Detwiler allowed two first-inning solo homers, and then couldn’t handle the prosperity of a 7-2 lead. He quickly allowed three runs in the third and was pulled after 2 1/3 innings and five runs allowed. … Anthony Bass provided more quality long relief, scattering four hits in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. He should be a candidate to join the rotation. … Tanner Scheppers walked three of the four batters he faced in the eighth, and all three scored. He hasn’t been sharp since coming off the disabled list. … Neftali Feliz entered in the eighth, but he allowed a two-run single in the eighth and two more runs in the ninth.
Hitting: Jake Smolinski said before the game that he was one pitch away from getting hot. He singled in his first at-bat and slugged a two-run homer in this second during the Rangers’ seven-run third. … The Rangers had seven hits in the third, including two by Leonys Martin. Adrian Beltre had an infield hit to snap and 0-for-18 funk. … Mitch Moreland had his first at-bat since his elbow locked up Wednesday, and delivered an RBI pinch-hit single in a three-run sixth.
Notable: Triple A right-hander Alex Gonzalez allowed five runs on nine hits Saturday in 4 2/3 innings. … The Rangers have an off day Monday before opening a two-game series at Arizona, and another off day Thursday before a weekend series at Anaheim.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760