NEW YORK -- Michael Young set a new Rangers record on Tuesday for most career games played, but it's unlikely to go on his list of most memorable moments.
Alexi Ogando would also certainly like to forget this night as quickly as possible. His chances of making Rangers history at Yankee Stadium crashed in a six-run second inning that led to a 12-4 loss to the Yankees. The game was delayed for 41 minutes at the start by rain.
"We just got outplayed tonight," Young said. "We'll come out tomorrow and play hard, make some adjustments and play our style of baseball."
Young started at designated hitter, going 1-for-4 with two RBIs, and has now played in 1,574 games, the most ever by a Rangers player. He passed Rafael Palmeiro to move into first place.
"I thought we fought pretty good tonight, we just couldn't stop them," manager Ron Washington said. "They just kept pouring it on, and we couldn't put a stop to it."
The Rangers have now lost six of their last eight games, and their starting pitchers have a 7.75 ERA in that stretch. They began the day with a collective 3.58 ERA on the season, fourth lowest in the American League, before Ogando had his seven-game winning streak snapped with his shortest outing as a starter.
"I just didn't feel very well," Ogando said. "I was not making my pitches and locating. They hit me hard. That's pretty much it ... just a bad day."
The loss was Ogando's first of the season, leaving him 7-1 with a 2.71 ERA. He fell two short of Jeff Zimmerman's club record for most consecutive wins to start a season.
"There's no perfection in baseball, and his perfection is over," Washington said. "He'll keep on doing what he's doing. I don't think this will affect Ogando at all."
Ogando didn't make it out of the second after pitching at least six innings in 12 straight starts. He threw just 53 pitches after throwing 100 or more in his last five starts.
The Rangers scored four runs in seven innings off Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia. But they trailed, 7-0, after three innings and never could overcome the Yankees' early barrage against Ogando.
"He has been such a huge plus for our rotation," Young said. "He has done a great job for us all season. One bad start in 2 1/2 months is pretty impressive. We look forward to the next time he's out there. I'm sure he'll do a great job for us."
Ogando retired the side in order in the first, but Alex Rodriguez started the second-inning rally with a single to center. Ogando retired Robinson Cano on a popup before the Yankees loaded the bases on a double by Jorge Posada and a walk to Nick Swisher.
Eduardo Nunez, playing shortstop with Derek Jeter on the disabled list, then singled to left to bring home the first run of the inning. Ogando struck out Francisco Cervelli, but that was the last batter he retired on the night.
"I lost control of my fastball in the second inning," Ogando said.
Brett Gardner, trying to check his swing on a 2-0 pitch, singled to left to score one run, Curtis Granderson's single to right scored two runs, and Mark Teixeira hit a two-run double to finish Ogando's night.
"We got on those fastballs and attacked, whether it was up at our chests or at our heads," Swisher said. "Tex had a big knock upstairs, Curtis the same thing. He's a great pitcher and we've seen him great. Tonight we had his number."
Ogando has now allowed 11 runs in over eight innings in two starts at Yankee Stadium this season. He has a 1.68 ERA in all his other starts.
"They were tough, but when you lose yourself on the mound, there is nothing you can do," Ogando said. "This is not going to affect me. I will put it behind me and go on."
Michael Kirkman took over and pitched 2 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs, on a solo home run by Swisher in the third and a two-run double by Rodriguez in the fourth. Yoshinori Tateyama followed Kirkman. He gave up a two-run home run to Granderson and a solo homer to Cano in the sixth.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.