Rangers lose 4th straight at home, 8-5 to Marlins

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 12:11 am •  Published: June 11, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis faced only one more batter after taking a liner of his pitching arm.

His high pitch count — 106 through five innings — was the reason Lewis didn't come back out against the Miami Marlins, not the bruised right triceps.

"A little racing expression: I just rubbed the wall a little bit, went back at it," Lewis said.

But the Rangers crashed defensively after taking the lead with a four-run sixth inning. Two sloppy innings in the field led to three unearned runs in an 8-5 loss Tuesday night.

"We fought hard to get back into that game but we shot ourselves in the foot," manager Ron Washington said.

Christian Yelich set career highs with four hits and four RBIs, including the go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning, as the Marlins got their record-tying 13th consecutive interleague victory.

The interleague winning streak matched the major league record shared by the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, who both reached that mark in 2004. The Marlins, 8-0 vs. American League teams this season, wrap up their quick two-game set in Texas on Wednesday.

Yelich's single in the seventh sent home two unearned runs after second baseman Rougned Odor's fielding error on a potential double play, and made it 6-5. Texas then made two throwing errors on one play in the eighth — one by left fielder Michael Choice another by reliever Tanner Scheppers — that allowed a run before an RBI double by Garrett Jones.

"Just being human, physical mistakes," Washington said. "If you hit that ball to Odor again, he'd make the play. If you hit that ball to Michael Choice, he'd make the right decision. (Scheppers) just took the ball and threw it away."

The Rangers lost their fourth straight at home, where they are 15-19 this season. They are 2-6 on this homestand, when they were coming off their longest trip of the season with a 7-4 record.