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September 14, 2013

Wrapping up Rangers' 1-0 loss to Athletics

Adrian Beltre doesn't know the answer, but is searching for it just like everybody else in the Texas Rangers' clubhouse.

The losing streak reached five games for the Rangers in a 1-0 loss to the A's on Saturday afternoon, and their hopes of reclaiming the American League West crown are diminishing by the day. Oakland now has a 5 1/2-game lead in the division with 15 games left, as Texas has dropped 10 of its last 12.

Asked how the team gets out of it, Beltre said: "That's a good question. Find one hole ... anything that can help us win games we're going to take it. We know the effort is there, we're just not getting results.

"We're not happy. We have an opportunity against a team we want to play and we're not doing enough to win."

If the season ended today, the Rangers would still at least be one of the two wild card teams although that race is tightening up on them as well. Tampa Bay could pull even with Texas for the No. 1 wild card with a win tonight against Minnesota.

Here are a few other postgame notes:

* The Rangers have lost four 1-0 games this season, all coming in games that Yu Darvish has started. It's just the second time in club history that the Rangers have lost at least four 1-0 games (7 in 1976).

Darvish is the first pitcher in the majors to lose four 1-0 games since Orel Hershiser also had four in 1989 with the Dodgers.

"As a pitcher you can't control how many runs are scored," Darvish said. "These guys are trying their best."

* Darvish hasn't won since Aug. 12 even though he's thrown seven innings of one-run ball his past two starts. Darvish struck out 10 on Saturday, his 12th start with at least 10 strikeouts. He also retired 15 of the final 18 batters he faced.

"His cutter today was really great for him," catcher Geovany Soto said. "Slow curve he brought out today. He struck out 10, so I think he did a good job and kept us in the ballgame."

* Mitch Moreland is 0 for his last 21 with 14 strikeouts. He went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and a walk Saturday. His first two strikeouts came with runners on base.

"I'm going up there and battling every at-bat, looking for a good pitch to hit," Moreland said. "See the ball and square it up.

"You're going to have your ups and downs. People go through their slumps. That's part of it. I'm going to keep working, have fun and make the most of it."

* Elvis Andrus extended his career high with his 40th steal in the eighth inning. Andrus is the first Ranger with at least 40 steals in a season since Otis Nixon had 50 in 1995.

* A.J. Pierzynski had singles in his first two at-bats, and is batting .370 over his last eight games.

* First pitch Saturday was at 12:06 p.m., the earliest start time in Rangers Ballpark history. The last time a game started prior to 12:06 p.m. was a 12:03 first pitch on April 18, 1992 vs. Oakland in old Arlington Stadium.

-- Drew Davison


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