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August 15, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 3-2 loss to Yankees

Yes, manager Ron Washington is surprised. He didn't expect the Texas Rangers to lose the first three games of a four-game series to the New York Yankees.

But that's the situation the Rangers found themselves in after a 3-2 loss Wednesday.

"I wasn't expecting that," Washington said. "Once again, pitching stops everything. ... You have to give them credit. Their pitching stopped us."

It was Freddy Garcia on Wednesday. He made only two mistakes on the night, giving up a pair of solo home runs to Josh Hamilton. But the Rangers had Garcia on the ropes in the fourth with the bases loaded and one out.

Garcia got out of that jam, though, by inducing an inning-ending double play by Geovany Soto.

"Yeah, that was a big inning," Washington said. "Once again, Freddy made a pitch. He did exactly what you would like to see a pitcher do, make sure you get a groundball and he got it."

Here are a few other postgame notes:

* Josh Hamilton went 2 for 4 with a pair of solo home runs. He set a career-high in home runs with his 33rd in the fourth inning and added his 34th in the sixth. He also joined the 100-RBI club for the third time in his career. Does Hamilton feel he's back to his early-season form? "Not completely," he said. "It'll be there for a few at-bats ... it's just, I don't know. I need to go up there with a plan every at-bat."

* Ian Kinsler was ejected in the eighth inning by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza for arguing a called third strike. It was his third ejection of the season. He went 0 for 4 on the night, and is now 1 for his last 22.

* Scott Feldman turned in a quality start, allowing three runs on seven hits with four walks and seven strikeouts over six innings and a season-high 117 pitches. All three Yankees runs were scored in the third inning. "Once that third inning came around, I wasn't sure how far he was going to make it," Ron Washington said. "But he went back out there after the fourth and started hitting his spots and making some good pitches. He did what we needed him to do, keep us in the ballgame."

-- Drew Davison

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