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May 21, 2013

Wrapping up Rangers' 1-0 loss to Athletics

Tuesday night gave us only the 13th 1-0 game in Rangers Ballpark history, and the home team was on the losing end for the fifth time.

The Rangers couldn't get anything going against Athletics starter Dan Straily and two relievers, as they combined for just three hits on the night. It made Yu Darvish the hard-luck loser, a surprise as he had the most run support of any starter in the majors going into the game.

The difference in the game proved to be a solo homer by A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes in the third inning.

"It was a tough game to lose, but we've got to come out tomorrow and try to salvage something," designated hitter Lance Berkman said.

As far as seeing Darvish on the losing end, Berkman said: "It happens. Hey, what are you going to do? It's behind us and we've got to try and dust ourselves off and come back out and try to win."

Straily lasted only 4 1/3 innings last week when he faced the Rangers, but pitched impressively over seven innings. The Rangers' batters thought Straily commanded his fastball more effectively, which was a key difference on the night.

Here are a few postgame notes:

* The Rangers have lost past two nights by a combined score of 10-2. Said Mitch Moreland, who went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Tuesday: "You run into that every now and then. It's a long season and it's going to happen. It just happened the last two unfortunately, but we get to come out and play tomorrow. That's the beauty of this game."

* The three hits were a season low. A.J. Pierzynski, Jurickson Profar and Craig Gentry all had singles on the night. It's also only the third time the Rangers were shutout this season, along with April 10 vs. Tampa Bay and April 28 at Minnesota.

* Neal Cotts made his Rangers debut and his first big-league appearance in almost four years to the day. He worked an impressive six-pitch ninth inning.

-- Drew Davison

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