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