When C.J. Wilson stepped off the mound Sunday night in the eighth inning, he was leaving with a 2-1 lead and had put the Rangers in position to win another series and retain their slim lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West.
Instead, he had to suffer watching his bullpen blow a lead as the Florida Marlins went on to score four runs after Wilson left with one out in the inning and win the game 6-4, dropping the Rangers into a tie for first place with the Angels, who beat their crosstown foe Dodgers.
Mark Lowe was charged with the blown save giving up two unearned runs, Darren Oliver failed to retire the one batter he was supposed to get out, giving up another run, and then Neftali Feliz, pitching for some reason, gave up another run.
It was an all-around disgusting effort that saw a wasted start from Wilson after he tossed 7 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts, five hits and just one walk. It was a league-leading 17th loss by a bullpen the Rangers have suffered this year.
It was similar to Wilson's start on June 16 in The Bronx when he went eight innings, fanned 10 batters and gave up just two runs before the Rangers lost in extra innings.
Now, Wilson can get one more chance to get a good result on Friday when he'll face the lowly Oakland A's before heading to Arizona for the All-Star game.