ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers haven't been this far under .500 at the halfway point since Ron Washington was a rookie manager in 2007.
Washington says he's just going to keep teaching and leading. There were a couple of teaching moments in the latest loss Sunday.
Minnesota's Kendrys Morales had a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning after young Texas hitters failed in a couple of run-producing situations earlier in the game, and the Twins snapped a 10-game road losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
"We're teaching," said Washington, whose injury-riddled club is 37-44 and 14 games behind Oakland in the AL West after four straight years as playoff contenders that included two trips to the World Series. "I think my job is just to continue to lead. That's all I know how to do."
The Rangers had runners at first and third with nobody out in the second and again with one out in the seventh but didn't score either time with the onus on rookies Michael Choice and Rougned Odor.
Choice struck out ahead of Odor's double-play grounder in the second, and Choice grounded into a double play to end the seventh.
"The situation is paramount," Washington said. "That's the biggest thing they should learn. Sometimes that heart goes to racing and you try to get things done too fast."
Morales slapped a line drive away from the Texas shift off closer Joakim Soria, landing it just inside the foul line in left field where the only person close to it was a security guard scrambling to get out of the way.
After the security guard dodged the ball with his right foot, the carom off a brick wall just missed his left foot as the ball rolled into shallow left field, a long way from Choice.
A ground-rule double would have forced pinch-runner Sam Fuld to stop at third instead of scoring easily, and Soria (1-3) struck out the final two hitters of the inning.
It was the second rough outing of the three-game series for Soria. He gave up four runs in the ninth inning of Texas' 5-4 victory on Friday.
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