Posted September 11, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Texas Rangers already had four straight two-out singles in the ninth inning, putting the potential tying run at third base for Adrian Beltre. The slugger struck out on three pitches, though, and the Rangers kept sliding with a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. ''It's just a matter of getting a hit in the right situation. We just haven't been able to put it together here,'' manager Ron Washington said. ''We know what (Beltre's) track record is and what he's capable of doing. He's a guy who always rises to a challenge. I'm looking forward to him coming back.'' Beltre, a .318 hitter, already had two hits and an RBI before his final at-bat. The Rangers, who still need another victory for their fifth consecutive winning season, will lose their fourth series in a row no matter what happens in Wednesday's finale against the NL wild-card leader. Texas has lost seven of its last nine games, but remained two games back in the AL West with Oakland's loss to Minnesota...
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