HOUSTON, TX - MAY 12: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 12, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last five games — all losses.
In some ways, this is not surprising. Guys like Dan Robertson and Carlos Pena started Tuesday's game, in which the Rangers scored two runs — one of which in the ninth when the game was well out of hand and stacking up to be the Rangers' sixth straight loss.
But the Rangers' offense has put up some numbers this year. They're near the top of the league in team batting average, and with runners in scoring position. The problem is getting those runners in scoring position, evidently.
"We are collectively not doing enough to win ballgames," Adrian Beltre told ESPN Dallas after Tuesday's game. "Sometimes we get a lot of hits but we don't do it at the right time. It's just something the whole team, everybody is not getting the right hits in the right situations. I think Colby [Lewis] threw a pretty good game. He only gave up one run early, until the seventh inning, and we gave up two. If he's going to come out in seven innings and give up three runs we will take that every day, we'll take that. It was a good outing, but we didn't help him enough to give him the win."
The Rangers had nine hits, in all, with four of those coming off the bat of Beltre, who collected his 2,500th career hit on a single. They were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and are just 4-for-29 in that situation over the last four games — a pretty telling stat.
"Just not getting the job done right now," manager Ron Washington said. "We can't seem to put anything together. We just keep battling. We just can't seem to put anything together."