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TEX@NYY: Beltre goes 3-for-4 with four RBIs

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are coming to Arlington with a five-game winning streak and have won nine of their last 11. They are obviously playing well.

"So are we," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Bring it on."

Washington's opinion of his team was not swayed by a 6-5 defeat to the Yankees on Sunday night in the Bronx, Texas' fourth loss in the last five games. Washington left Yankee Stadium on Sunday night believing his team could have won all five -- including two walk-off losses in Detroit -- and isn't too concerned that it won just one.

"When you look at all three games in Detroit, we had them," Washington said. "I thought we came in here and played this team pretty tough. I thought we had a chance to win tonight. If we keep playing baseball like that, we're going to win a lot of games this year."

Possibly, but the Rangers still need to sort out their bullpen. Rangers relievers have allowed six runs on 11 hits and seven walks in their last 10 1/3 innings, and three of the losses in the last five games have come in the opposing team's last at-bat.

Left-hander Arthur Rhodes was the one who took the loss on Sunday night. He was working in a 5-5 game in the bottom of the eighth when he walked Mark Teixeira with one out. Robinson Cano flied to left, but Nick Swisher singled to right and Eric Chavez -- filling in for injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez -- singled to center to drive in the go-ahead run.

"Arthur was the right guy," Washington said. "You've got to give them credit. You've got to give Chavez credit, and Teixeira for working the walk. ... All of those things happen. It's not like Arthur was some [slouch] out there."

Rhodes was pitching in relief of Alexi Ogando, who gave up five runs on three home runs in 6 1/3 innings. Ogando didn't have any trouble with the blister on his right index finger, he just didn't have a sharp slider and the Yankees eventually caught up with his fastball. Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson all took Ogando deep.

Cano's home run to lead off the second inning ended Ogando's streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings to start the season.

"I was just trying to make pitches," Ogando said. "There was one pitch that wasn't good, but for the most part, I was just trying to locate the ball where [catcher Yorvit] Torrealba's glove was. I felt the same. I'll keep my head up and do my best the next time out."

Ogando allowed just two home runs in 41 2/3 innings last season to Jim Thome and Jayson Nix. Granderson hit one off him at Yankee Stadium in the American League Championship Series last October.

"I choked up on the bat today," said Martin, who hit a two-run homer off Ogando in the fifth. "This guy was throwing pretty hard, so I made an adjustment and it paid off. I think guys were just laying off his offspeed [pitches] and made him throw fastballs in the zone. We kept him in the zone. I think he made some mistakes up, and we took advantage of him."

Yankees starter CC Sabathia had his own issues, especially with Michael Young and Adrian Beltre. Those two did the most damage with a three-hit night apiece. Young has now hit safely in all 15 games he has played at the new Yankee Stadium and has an 18-game hitting streak overall in the Bronx.

Sabathia allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings, and Beltre drove them all in with a home run, double and single. Beltre entered the game 3-for-22 in his career against Sabathia, posting a .136 batting average that was ninth lowest by any hitter with at least 20 plate appearances against the Yankees left-hander. It was also Beltre's fourth-lowest average against any pitcher with a minimum of 20 plate appearances.

"He has had my number, but I always felt I could hit him," Beltre said. "I just had to make sure I got a good pitch to hit, and I did that. It doesn't matter if I'm 0-for-25 against a guy; I still believe I can hit him."

Sabathia left with a 5-4 lead, but the Rangers tied it in the seventh against reliever Joba Chamberlain. They also lost first-base coach Gary Pettis, who was ejected by first-base umpire Adrian Johnson.

Chamberlain, after taking over for Sabathia, walked Ian Kinsler with one out and Elvis Andrus followed with a roller out in front of the plate. Martin jumped on it and barely threw out Andrus while Kinsler went to second. Pettis thought Andrus was safe, let Johnson know his opinion and was finally ejected.

"I thought I was safe, but he called it out and he's the boss," Andrus said. "It was a close call; he could have called it safe. I checked the replay, and it was right there. Both calls would have been OK."

Young's double drove home Kinsler, but Chamberlain got Beltre on a grounder back to the mound. That left the game tied until Rhodes gave up a run in the eighth.

"You don't want to lose any games, but when you have a close game like that, we expect to win," Beltre said. "It's early. We need to get back home and get back to the way we were, winning games and winning series." Comments