Martin Perez's day on Wednesday went pretty well when you look at his final line.
But his start to the day was enough to doom him and the Rangers after he allowed three first-inning runs before settling down and pitching seven innings in what ended up being a blowout loss after Perez left the game with a somewhat manageable deficit.
Perez walked two and allowed three hits in the A's three-run first, and even though he was able to settle down, the damage was done.
"I need to be more consistent," Perez told The Dallas Morning News. "In that situation, that's when you have to find it and hold the game."
Perez was incredibly efficient over the next six innings, even tossing a few single-digit pitch innings, but his first inning of more than 30 pitches put the Rangers in a hole they couldn't dig out of.
Perez is now 1-4 with a 3.48 ERA in his nine starts but he has 28 walks to his 31 strikeouts, which has been his issue all year.