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Rangers score on Lohse early to top Brewers 4-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2013 at 12:34 am •  Published: May 9, 2013

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Three misplaced changeups put the Milwaukee Brewers in too deep of a hole against the Texas Rangers.

Especially with Kyle Lohse pitching.

The Rangers scored one run in each of the first three innings off Lohse en route to a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night.

In Lohse's seven starts this season, the Brewers have scored a total of 14 runs. In his four losses, they've scored two.

"It's not something that I'm going around hanging my head about or saying anything, these guys are trying hard," said Lohse (1-4), who was signed as a free agent just before the start of the season after going 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA last year with St. Louis.

Lohse (1-4) allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.

"I don't worry about what our offense does," Lohse said. "I've got to concentrate on what I'm doing out there. That's all I can control. If I make better pitches, we don't need runs."

Derek Holland allowed one run over seven shaky innings and Texas benefited from two Milwaukee baserunning blunders.

Holland (3-2), who struck out six and walked none, yielded 10 hits — including two in the second, three in the third and three in the sixth. He escaped with the help of some sloppy baserunning by the Brewers, who had a runner thrown out at the plate to end the third and another thrown out at third base in the sixth.

"I was making my pitches and you've got to give our defense credit," Holland said. "The play at the plate was huge."

Tanner Scheppers pitched the eighth and Joe Nathan finished for his ninth save. The Rangers remain the only team in either league without a blown save, 10 for 10.

Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland each homered for Texas.

Lohse escaped a 33-pitch first inning, allowing just one run, despite three consecutive singles to open and a one-out walk. He escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Geovany Soto and David Murphy to end the inning.

"To start off the game, they came out swinging and finding holes," Lohse said. "The first two guys, the ball didn't leave the infield. I got myself in a jam. Then I left a changeup up to (Adrian) Beltre. That was the pitch that hurt me was my changeup. I left one up to him, I left one up to Kinsler and I left one up to Moreland. I've got to do a better job of executing."

Kinsler's seventh homer, a two-out shot to left field, made it 2-0 in the second. Moreland increased the lead in the third with another solo homer, his sixth.

"We haven't really hit for him," said Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. "It's a shame. He really pitched well and gave us a chance to win."

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