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May 31, 2011

Washington, Wilson take blame for Rangers' loss

Manager Ron Washington admitted that he should have had Neftali Feliz ready to face Evan Longoria in the eighth inning, but instead Longoria hit a two-run homer off Arthur Rhodes that lifted Tampa Bay to a 5-4 victory.

"I'll take the blame for it all," Washington said. "My feeling was to get Neffy up, and I didn't act on it. I thought Arthur would be able to make a pitch to keep him in the yard."

The Rays hit three two-out home runs and responded in the bottom half of each inning in which the Rangers had scored. Two of the homers came off starter C.J. Wilson -- a solo shot by Sean Rodriguez in the third and a two-run blast by Matt Joyce in the seventh.

"I just threw the ball right down the middle,” said Wilson, became the first Rangers lefty to register four 10-strikeout games in a season. "I feel like I gave that game away. We were up, we had momentum, and I went out and … I don’t know."

Elvis Andrus also was upset that he didn't make a play just ahead of Longoria's at-bat. Rhodes had entered to face Johnny Damon in a left-on-left matchup, and got Damon to hit a blooper into shallow left field. Andrus raced back and had the ball hit off his glove for a two-out single.

"I was a little upset to miss one in that situation," said Andrus, who had entered as a pinch-hitter in the top of the inning. "I lost it a little bit in the roof. As soon as I saw the ball the second time, I tried to do my best."

-- Jeff Wilson

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