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May 30, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 13-run loss to Mariners

Michael Young called it a beat down.

That pretty much summed up the Texas Rangers' 21-8 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

"It was their game from start to finish," Young said. "We need to flush it down the toilet and come back ready to play Friday."

Derek Holland gave up eight runs in the second inning, and didn't make it through the inning. It was his shortest outing since Aug. 5, 2011.

Yoshinori Tateyama didn't fare much better than Holland, either. The Rangers right-handed reliever was charged with eight runs -- six earned -- in the third. The Mariners went on to tack on a single run in the fourth to take a 17-0 lead, and then added four in the eighth after the Rangers had pulled to within 17-7.

The 21 runs allowed were the most by a major league team this season. Here are a few postgame notes from the worst loss so far for the Rangers:

* Derek Holland and Yoshinori Tateyama hold the dubious honors of being the only pitchers in franchise history to allow eight or more runs in teh same game. It's the first it's happened in the big leagues since April 12, 2010 with the Braves' had Jair Jurrjens (8) and Jo-Jo Reyes (9) at San Diego.

* The last time the Rangers allowed 20 or more runs was Sept. 30, 2000 when the Athletics scored 23 runs. That's the most allowed in franchise history. Wednesday marks the fourth time the Rangers have allowed 20 or more runs in the game -- the Oakland game in 2000; Aug. 23, 1999 against New York Yankees (21-3 loss); and June 29, 1995 against California Angels (20-4).

* The Rangers' bullpen has been taxed the past two nights with starters getting knocked out of the game. Said Mike Adams: "I think we all could use the offday. The past few days have been rough. The offday tomorrow should re-set ourselves and hopefully we go to Anaheim and play a lot better."

* On the bright side, the Rangers had a few decent offensive nights. Ian Kinsler snapped an 0 for 12 skid by going 2 for 3 with two doubles. Mike Napoli had a two-run double in the sixth, giving him seven RBIs in the past four games. Josh Hamilton his his 150th career double in the sixth. ... But, as Michael Young said, "We expect to hit ... There's nothing really encouraging from today's game. It was a beat down."

-- Drew Davison

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