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LAA@TEX: Beltre lifts a solo shot just over the wall

ARLINGTON -- This loss set off manager Ron Washington and he let his team know about directly during a postgame clubhouse meeting.

Washington wasn't happy and he didn't try to hide his wrath after a 15-6 loss to the Angels on Thursday night. The Rangers' clubhouse was closed for 30 minutes after the game while Washington met with his team.

"He's [mad], so am I," pitcher Colby Lewis after allowing 13 runs in 2 1/3 innings. "He has every reason to be. We don't lose here, but that's what is going on."

Lewis set a club record for most runs allowed in a game, but that just partially explains what happened to the Rangers under the Full Buck Moon that sent them to a fifth straight loss. It also left them in undisputed possession of last place in the American League West, a half-game behind the idle Astros.

The defensive mishaps were also glaring: a relay throwing that ended up in the stands, a foul pop that didn't get caught and a fly ball that was dropped. The Rangers were down, 4-0, after the top of the first inning and 13-2 after three on their way to their 19th loss in their last 22 games.

Then the Rangers heard from their manager afterwards.

"No there wasn't anything in particular," Washington said. "Tonight, I don't think there was anything we could do. For three innings they pounded us. I think I needed to remind them of some things and that's why I called a meeting and did that.

"We have a big group in there that don't know what winning is all about. That's not easy to teach. That's not easy to do. We're going to keep going after it because I believe in them. The key is, I'm trying to teach them how to believe in themselves.

"[Adrian] Beltre -- ultimate professional. He does one thing when he wakes up in the morning. After he finishes with his family, he comes to the ballpark and he's come to do his job and win ballgames … he's locked in. We're trying to get a lot of these other guys locked in like that. It just hasn't happened yet."

Washington said he wants his players to understand they need to keep fighting despite all the injuries that have hit the Rangers since even before Spring Training.

"You don't give into adversity," Washington said. "The game of baseball is full of it. You don't give in to it. The only people that can make a change and make a difference are my guys."

The Rangers are 38-54. That's their worst record in 92 games since 2003, back in the dark days of the franchise when they were on their way to their fourth straight last-place finish.

"It was a good message, it was well-received," outfielder Alex Rios said. "Everyone is going to get a lot out of it. This is what we have and we have to go play with what we have. If you are here, you should be able to perform. We have what we have and we have to go all out with what we have."

"Obviously we have not been playing very good," catcher Chris Gimenez said. "I think the biggest thing out of it is we're not going to make excuses for ourselves. Obviously everybody knows we've lost a lot of pieces to the puzzle and that's just an excuse. We still feel like we have guys in here that can play and we need to act accordingly when it comes that way. If we can't pick it up from here on out, we don't deserve to be here, basically."

The Rangers were able to get a combined 4 2/3 scoreless innings from rookie relievers Roman Mendez and Matt West. That kept them from having to use long reliever Scott Baker, who is the leading candidate to start Sunday. Texas also used Gimenez to pitch the ninth to help keep the bullpen from being further taxed. The catcher had a 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeout of C.J. Cron.

The first play of the game served as a portent for what was to come. Angels leadoff hitter Kole Calhoun smacked the fourth pitch of the game into the right-field corner for extra bases. Calhoun had an easy double, but decided to go for more. The Rangers had a shot at throwing him out, but second baseman Adam Rosales' throw got past Beltre and ended up in the stands.

That allowed Calhoun to score the first run of what turned out to be a four-run first. Jake Smolinski had a two-run double for the Rangers in the bottom of the first, but the Angels came back for six in the top of the second. Elvis Andrus' failure to catch a pop foul and Rios dropping a fly ball contributed to the inning.

Lewis' night came to an end when he gave up a three-run home run to Mike Trout. Lewis, with 11 earned runs allowed, had his ERA go up by a full run. He is 6-6 with a 6.54 ERA.

"I never got the opportunity to make pitches," Lewis said. "It all happened so quickly. My game has always been to attack hitters, get ahead in the count and get outs. It was one of those days. I got beat, plain and simple."

And that didn't make the manager too happy.

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