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June 29, 2013

Wrapping up Rangers' 6-4 loss to Reds

The Rangers had a couple chances to end Saturday's game, but couldn't come through with the clutch hit.

That gave the Reds more opportunities, and they eventually broke through in the 11th inning with a two-run homer by Devin Mesoraco that was the difference in their 6-4 victory.

The Rangers lost for just the second time in their last 10 games. Here are a few postgame notes:

* Kyle McClellan made no excuses for his performance in the 11th inning, dismissing the notion he hadn't pitched in 10 days. The trouble started in the first at-bat for McClellan when he hit Todd Frazier with a 1-2 breaking ball.

"I had him out," McClellan said. "I make my pitch and I get him out. I get him right where I want him, so it doesn't get more frustrating than that."

The Mesoraco at-bat followed, and he sent a no-doubter over the left-field fence.

"It's disappointing, I felt like I let this team down," McClellan said. "Just let them down, that's the toughest thing."

* The Rangers had a couple chances to end it late. Mitch Moreland sent a deep fly ball to right-center field to start off the ninth, but Jay Bruce tracked it down at the wall. Said Moreland: "I barreled it pretty well. I knew it was going to be close and I think I was more trying to will it out than anything but that’s the way it goes sometimes."

A.J. Pierzynski also hit a deep fly ball that had a chance to leave the ballpark, but wound up staying in the park and ending the eighth inning.

* Nick Tepesch went four-plus innings in his first start since holding the Cardinals to one run over 5 2/3 innings. Tepesch had a 1-2-3 fourth, but gave up three consecutive hits to start the fifth and didn't record an out. "I thought it was OK," said Tepesch, who extended his winless streak to eight starts. "I wouldn’t say I’m happy with it. It could’ve gone a lot better, let’s put it that way."

* The Rangers got solid relief work most of the night. Ross Wolf threw three scoreless innings, Neal Cotts came through with 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Joe Nathan worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings. It was Nathan's first appearance of more than one inning this season, and first since he went two innings on July 7 last season.

-- Drew Davison

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