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July 27, 2011

Wednesday's Rangers postgame notes: Andrus' base-running mistake

Here are a few postgame notes after the Rangers fell to the Twins, 7-2, on Wednesday, and saw their American League West lead drop to two games over the Angels.

* Elvis Andrus admitted he made a base-running error when he tried to steal third base in the sixth with Michael Young at bat. Young eventually singled, which likely would have scored Andrus. "I should've stayed on second in that situation," said Andrus, who was caught stealing for the sixth time this season. "I'll learn from my mistake, and come back tomorrow and try to get that win."

* Michael Young made no excuses for his error in the ninth when he couldn't field a soft chopper by Michael Cuddyer. That would have ended the inning and kept it a 4-1 game. Instead, Jason Kubel had a three-run double in the next at-bat to make it a 7-1 lead. "It's a play I feel comfortable making," Young said. "I just didn't pick it clean."

* Colby Lewis had mixed emotions after his start, allowing four runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. It marked the first loss by Lewis since June 11 -- also against the Twins. In his career against Minnesota, Lewis is 0-4 with an 8.48 ERA. "The more and more you see them, the more and more comfortable you get," Lewis said. "I'm just thankful I kept [Jim] Thome around the bases tonight. I don't know what he's hit off me, but he's one of those guys who seems to hit me well. ... I feel like I'm happy, but I'm not. I made pitches where I needed to, and then I didn't." 

* On the bright side, the Rangers passed the 2-million mark in attendance with 35,950 fans on Wednesday. It's the quickest the team has reached the 2-million mark since 2001, which also took 55 games.

-- Drew Davison

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