Tampa Bay (54-62) at Texas (62-52)

Sunny Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 95° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 14, 2004
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Mike Bacsik’s second start for the Texas Rangers didn’t go nearly as smoothly as his first.

Bacsik looks to rebound from a shaky outing as the Rangers continue their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

Bacsik allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings of Monday’s 7-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The left-hander, who was making his second start since being brought up from Triple-A Oklahoma, allowed three runs in the first inning and two in the fifth.

“We were in good shape there, but I got a couple of balls up and they took advantage of it,” Bacsik said. “I have to give them credit.”

The outing came just five days after Bacsik’s Rangers debut, in which he allowed just four hits in seven shutout innings.

“It was pretty special for me,” Bacsik said after that outing. “We scored a lot and we started getting some quick outs. Luckily, I have been up here in the major leagues, and I know not to put that much pressure on yourself.”

Bacsik came into this season with a 4-4 record and a 6.12 ERA in 12 starts and seven relief appearances in parts of three seasons with the New York Mets and Cleveland. His father, Mike, pitched for the Rangers from 1975-77, making them the first father-son duo in Rangers history.

The Rangers beat the Devil Rays 5-3 on Friday for just their second win in eight games. Laynce Nix and Alfonso Soriano homered for Texas, and Kenny Rogers earned his 14th win of the season.

Tino Martinez homered and rookie B.J. Upton went 3-for-4 with a double for the Devil Rays, who have lost 13 of their last 14 on the road.

Tampa Bay has lost four straight overall, scoring just 11 runs over that span.

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59 K 6
27 BB 1
1.36 WHIP 1.09