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Rangers recap: Texas offense remains stagnant as another solid night on the mound is wasted

Rangers starting pitcher Ross Detwiler allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings Tuesday which was enough for the Mariners to beat Texas 2-1.
Rangers starting pitcher Ross Detwiler allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings Tuesday which was enough for the Mariners to beat Texas 2-1. Star-Telegram

Pitching: Ross Detwiler held the Mariners to two runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings but it was too much for the Rangers ailing offense to overcome. Detwiler, who missed his spot in the rotation last week to work on his mechanics, struck out five. Both runs scored in the fourth after Nelson Cruz led off with a triple that was misplayed by right fielder Jake Smolinski at the wall and in the corner. Cruz scored on a groundout. Later in the inning, Rickie Weeks made it 2-0 with a solo homer. Anthony Bass, Shawn Tolleson and Neftali Feliz combined to pitch 3 2/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief.

Hitting: The Rangers were for 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position, making their two-game total 1 for 13 with 15 runners left on base. Mariners’ pitchers struck out 11 Rangers. Leonys Martin, Adam Rosales and Rougned Odor each struck out twice. Elvis Andrus stretche his hit streak to five games with a single to lead off the eighth but Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre flew out and Robinson Chirinos grounded out to end the inning. Rookie Delino DeShields doubled in the Rangers’ lone run with his first-career double in the seventh. He snapped an 0 for 12 skid with the gapper in left-center.

Notables: According to baseball-reference.com, the 56-degree temperature at first pitch was the fourth-coldest start at Globe Life Park since 2010 ... Chirinos snapped an 0 for 9 slump with a fourth-inning single.

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