With two outs and no one on, in the bottom of the 5th inning, Anthony Gose flared a ball to center field. Craig Gentry charged and tried to make a diving play. He missed. Gose ended up on 3rd and, as almost always happens in situations like this, the next better, Rajai Davis, singled him in for the deciding run in the game. With two outs, and no one on, every manager in the league will tell the center fielder to let that ball drop for a single. Gentry’s mistake was the difference maker, and the Rangers dropped the first game in a three-game series with the Blue Jays.
The Ranger offense wasn’t much help either. Every starter struck out at least once. Josh Hamilton was the last to get one. He k-ed in the top of the 8th inning. Andrus, Murphy and Soto, all had 2 k’s a piece. The team only managed 4 hits, and David Murphy had 2 of them.
On the pitching side, Yu Darvish looked much better in this outing than he has previously. He pitched 7 innings, giving up 3 runs, on only 4 hits, and struck out 10. A two-run homerun to Edwin Encarnacion and the RBI single from Davis were enough to hand him his 9th loss of the year. He is now 12-9. In his last 10 starts, he is 4-5 with a 5.64 ERA. Not what the Rangers expected when signing the rookie to a hefty contract earlier this year.
The Rangers are now 68-50 and saw their lead in the West decrease to 5 games over Oakland.
Other Game Notes: Mike Olt got the start at 3B, giving Adrian Beltre a defensive day off at DH. Olt made a great diving stop and assist to record the first out in the bottom of the 1st inning.