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14-11 - Rusty Cole a tragic misstep in evolution, Rangers fall

Cole Hamels and the Rangers can't finish off Sunday sweep

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers lost their first regular season game in which Cole Hamels took the mound since August 7, 2015. It was clear that Hamels had some rust after he missed his last start with a groin issue. Hamels allowed seven hits and four walks in his five innings of work but left with the game at 4-4.

Then the Rangers' bullpen allowed the next five runs of the game over the next four innings to give the Angels the win in the finale of the three-game set. Texas put on a rally in the bottom of the 9th to make it 9-6 but it was too little, too late.

Regardless, the Rangers finished their six-game homestand 4-2 with consecutive series wins over the New York Yankees and Angels to get back on track after a tough series in Chicago.

Player of the Game: Despite coming up empty with the tying run on third in the bottom of the 7th, Ian Desmond had a nice day at the plate with two hits, two runs scored, a stolen base, and an RBI.

Up Next: The Rangers travel to Canada to return to the scene of last October's crime for a four-game series against the Blue Jays. In Monday's first game, A.J. Griffin pitches for Texas against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.