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Rays send fading Rangers to seventh straight loss

Sep 16, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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Alex Cobb excelled on the hill while Wil Myers did the heavy lifting for the offense as the Rays topped the Rangers 6-2 tonight at Tropicana Field. The Rays are now one game ahead of the Rangers for the top AL Wild Card spot. Meanwhile, the fading Rangers have lost seven straight games.

Cobb allowed two runs over eight innings in the victory while striking out 10 batters. The game was a back-and-forth affair until the Rays got to Matt Garza for four runs in the fifth inning. Myers drove in three runs on the night, including a solo home run and a two-run double.

The Rangers now have their longest losing streak since 2007. Fortunately for them, the Indians lost to the Royals tonight, so they still have a half-game lead for the second Wild Card spot. The Orioles are two games back while the Yankees and Royals are both 2 1/2 games back.

  1. raysfan1 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Hopefully the Rays keep the Rangers’ skid going. For tonight, toasting officially clinching another winning season!

    Barring an implosion, looks like the Royals are taking down the Indians, score is currently 7-1.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      As a Cardinals fan I absolutely hope the Royals make it. The Royals AND Pirates in the playoffs but the Yankees aren’t? Glad this is not pre 2012 because I would totally think the end of the world was near.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        As long as my Rays get in, I don’t truly care what other AL teams get in. However, if the Royals got in too, that would be kind of cool for me due to their trade before the season.

  2. beefytrout - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    And the list of Rangers personnel who have earned themselves a ticket out of town just keeps growing and growing…

  3. peddealer - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I think getting Abreu the Cuban defector and making a run at Hunter Pence would be good for the Rangers.
    Having grown up and gone to Arlington HS with Hunter, I thibk he would thrive here and an outfield of Pence, Rios, and Martin would be fine with me…
    The infield of Beltre,Andrus,Profar and Abreu would be nice and AJ could be a stopgap until the next C….

    Just dont put Nefti in the rotation!

    • miketreedy - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:37 AM

      Here is what Rangers need this off season:
      1. Return power to Nolan Ryan – do not let him leave!
      2. New Manager & hitting coach – keep Maddox as pitching coach.
      3. Trade Profar or Kinsler. Play the other at 2B.
      4. Sign or trade for LF or RF. Rios can play LF if resign Cruz to short deal.
      5. Sign or trade for 1B – Moorland can be a stop gap if sign Abreu.
      6. Sign a DH – how about Napoli?
      7. Resign AJ – only good move JD made last off season.
      8. If Harrison is back healthy you have a good starting 4. Forget Garza.

      They need at least two more power guys. Rangers have money and great farm system. They will be able to get all they need and will return stronger in 2014.

  4. ssf187 - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Ron Washington, baseball managing genius, thought it was a good idea to bunt Ian Kinsler over to third after a leadoff double in the fourth inning instead of letting his two hottest hitters(Andrus and Rios) take shots at driving Kinsler in. He wasted two outs trying to “manufacture” a run instead of just letting his hitters hit.

    The inning ended with one run scored(unrelated to Wash’s idiotic smallballery) and baserunners on first and third. It’s not impossible or even unlikely that the Ranger hitters might have been able to put a rally together had Wash not interfered. Dumb stuff like that has killed them over the course of the season.

    • js20011041 - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      Ron Washington after winning a game.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Washington hitting Michael Young 4th in the 2011 WS, with Cruz and Napoli on historic HR rolls, was pretty much the stupidest move in MLB managerial history. IMO, he should have been fired immediately after handing that lineup card to the home plate umpire. Young and Hamilton both flopped in the field and plate, while Napoli hit 6th and Cruz 6th. Both had monster playoffs. Any other manager anywhere would have won that series. Now the Rangers are waiting for Frodo to deliver a Ring. As Sox and Cub fans know, it can be a long wait…41 years and counting for the Texas version of this franchise. As long as Washington is leading this team (to defeat, from the jaws of victory) the wait will continue

  5. miketreedy - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    No way can Wash keep his job after this season. I was shocked when he pitched Garza to 120 pitch count in a 15-1 game vs Astros in the Texas heat. The dude just had arm surgery. He was bad before but terrible ever since.

  6. jdubfla - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Key to Rays getting in
    Play teams that are playing worst than they were.

  7. jdubfla - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    And
    10,700 at the game
    The usual pennant fever in Tampa is invigorating.

  8. 18thstreet - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    As a Red Sox fan, it’s interesting to me that no one really seems to be taking much glee in the Rangers’ collapse. (And I totally understand why people outside of Red Sox Nation enjoyed watching 2011.) Does anyone hate the Rangers? Do they have any rivals at all?

  9. jdubfla - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    The announcers in Tampa keep trying to raise a rivalry with them. Just like talk radio here makes out Rays-Red sox rivalry. Bottom line .. In Tampa… 10,700 . People here just pretend to care( do not take that as a knock on the true fans .. There are some in Tampa)

  10. thesmedman - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I’ve lived in northern Texas for two seasons now. Generally have been a supporter of Washington. But it’s clear to me that someone has to pay the price for two straight September collapses. And it’s likely to at least going to be Washington, who really does lack the killer instinct that you do need as a leader. And he doesn’t make very good in game adjustments. Beltre can’t run and in the past week in late innings he could’ve pinch run for him in order to play to win.

    But then again, Jon Daniels needs to go, too. In a skid like this, the Gm should step in. He has no on field experience so there’s no credibility there, and certainly, he did nothing to appreciably help the club on the field. He could’ve picked up Michael Young after the rosters expanded to get a major league bat but let him go to LA. And he did a lot to damage it off the field with the political machinations against Ryan at the beginning of the season. Y’all not gonna fool with Nolie. Just ask Robin Ventura.

    The DFW sports reporter Galloway has been taking a lot of stuff for suggesting axing Daniels (and also suggesting that Washington should go, too), but he’s right. Need to look at the larger picture.

    Frankly, if this keeps up, I’d be heavily in favour of axing Washington, and maybe Daniels, too, and putting Ryan in the dugout for the remaining games. As a Phillies fam, I remember quite well when a manager was axed even though in first place…and that team wound up in the WS,. Won’t happen this time, but there is precedent.

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