Rangers notes: First game without Wash is familiar result

Manager Ron Washington is gone, and the losing continued for the Texas Rangers.

The Seattle Mariners hit four home runs, including two by Kendrys Morales, to beat the Rangers 7-5 at Globe Life Park on Friday night.

It was a fitting end to a sad day for the Rangers players and coaches, who were told by Washington on Friday afternoon that he was resigning for personal reasons.

Under interim manager Tim Bogar, the Rangers fell behind 2-0 after Morales’ two-run homer to right field in the second inning.

Rangers starter Scott Baker was charged with five runs on four hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings.

Shawn Tolleson took over in the fifth after Brad Miller’s two-run homer made it 5-1. In the sixth, Morales’ two-run homer to right made it 7-2. Adam Rosales’ two-run homer in the bottom of the inning pulled the Rangers to within 7-4. In the ninth, Leonys Martin doubled, noved to third on catcher’s indifference and scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-5.

“It was a little different, but we have to go on,” Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said of playing without Washington. “Obviously you’re used to seeing Wash on the bench. We tried to keep our mind on the game. [The resignation] came without anybody having any idea it was coming. It was a total surprise. We don’t know what’s going on. It’s still hard to believe.”

Texas lost its seventh consecutive game to fall to 35 games below .500 (53-88). The Rangers outhit the Mariners 13-7 but batted 3 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.


• Outfielder Alex Rios has an infection on his bruised right thumb and won’t be available to play for at least a week.

• Catcher Robinson Chirinos (stiff neck) said he hopes to feel better Saturday after receiving a cortisone shot Thursday. The shot usually takes 24 to 48 hours to take effect.

• An update on pitcher Yu Darvish’s elbow inflammation was delayed a day because of manager Ron Washington’s resignation. Darvish has been on the disabled list since Aug. 12 and has yet to throw a baseball in the interim.


“It’s very difficult to comment since I have not been told of his specific reason of his departure. He has been very kind to me in the past years. He was a great manager and a tremendous person.” — Statement released from Yu Darvish on Ron Washington’s resignation.

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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