The Texas Rangers are atop the AL West, but key mistakes have played a big part in why they’re riding a losing streak.
A shocking error has the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks on one, too.
The struggling clubs open a three-game interleague series at Chase Field on Tuesday night.
The Rangers (37-31) saw a wild throwing error by shortstop Elvis Andrus(notes) lead to a run in the third inning Sunday and they went on to lose 3-2 at San Francisco, getting swept in the three-game set. That came a day after a wild pitch by Jason Jennings(notes) in the 11th inning scored the decisive run in a 2-1 defeat.
Texas hasn’t been much better at the plate, getting just three hits in each of those two games and scoring more than four runs only twice in the last eight, losing six.
“We didn’t do much offensively,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said after Sunday’s loss. “That being said, our defense let us down today.”
Texas now tries to avoid matching a season high with a fifth straight loss. This four-game skid is also the team’s worst in interleague play since dropping five in a row June 24-29, 2006.
The Rangers are 13-6 all-time against the Diamondbacks (29-41), winning seven of the last eight meetings.
Arizona is hoping a return home can help it rebound from suffering a three-game sweep at Seattle following Sunday’s stunning 3-2 loss at Seattle. The Diamondbacks’ Tony Clark(notes) dropped a routine throw to first base with two outs in the ninth, allowing the winning run to score.
“It’s a miserable ending to a rough road trip,” Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said of his club’s 2-4 trip.
“He seemed to get into jams and then pitch out of it,” Hinch told the team’s official Web site. “He never really let the singles get to him. He gave up a few hits and really persevered through having guys on base. He did his part.”
The left-hander, who has never faced the Diamondbacks, was solid in his return Wednesday, allowing three runs and six hits over five innings in Wednesday’s 5-4, 10-inning win over Houston. He allowed 12 runs and 20 hits in 10 innings to lose his last two outings before going on the DL.
“My arm felt really good,” Harrison told the Rangers’ official Web site after throwing 86 pitches. “It was frustrating falling behind a lot of hitters, but I made pitches when I had to. Overall, I felt pretty good, but I wish I could have gone out there at least another inning.”