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ATLANTA -- Rangers starter Alexi Ogando and catcher Yorvit Torrealba were dehydrated and on IV fluids later Sunday afternoon. That's how hot and humid it was at Turner Field.Ogando, who is expected to be fine, was brought down by one bad inning and the Rangers had their 10-game road trip come to an end with a 4-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday afternoon. "It was hot," Texas first baseman Michael Young said. "It was a long day and a battle. I thought Ogando threw the ball well. They just put some good at-bats together against him and worked him." The Rangers finished 3-7 on the trip and, while still in first place in the American League West, open a three-game Interleague series with the Astros on Monday night at the Ballpark in Arlington. Ogando pitched just five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, a walk and three strikeouts. Two of the three runs were unearned and all came in the third. The Rangers also hurt their cause offensively by going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. "We had some opportunities and didn't get the big hit," said second baseman Ian Kinsler, repeating a lament heard throughout the trip. "But we continue to get guys out there, we'll be headed in the right direction." The Rangers were 6-for-42 with runners in scoring position during their three games with the Braves and hit .220 (22-for-100) in those situations during the trip. Torrealba had to leave the game in the middle of the fourth inning and the Rangers said he was "out of gas." He was 2-for-2, but had a couple of defensive malfunctions that cost the Rangers three runs in the third. The temperature was 88 degrees at first pitch and climbed the rest of the afternoon. The humidity was over 50 percent. Torrealba had also caught the first two games of the series, including Saturday's affair that went 10 innings. Everybody seemed to be moving about as slowly as the Chattahoochee River on Sunday afternoon and both pitchers racked up big pitch totals early in the game. Ogando threw 105 pitches in five innings while Braves starter Jair Jurrjens threw 116 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. Jurrjens earned the victory, his ninth, with the help of five relievers. Ogando, with his second straight loss, is now 7-2 with a 2.66 ERA on the season. Texas' third-inning troubles started with Torrealba interfering with Atlanta hitter Jordan Schafer and ended with him interfering with Young. Torrealba was called for catcher's interference with Schafer at the plate, giving the Braves a one-out baserunner. Dan Uggla's single to left moved him to second, a wild pitch moved them both up and Jason Heyward brought them home with a two-run single. After Brian McCann flied out, Freddie Freeman singled to right, moving Heyward to third. Alex Gonzalez then hit a high popup in front of home plate. Young and Torrealba both went for it, collided and the ball popped loose. One run scored while the others went to second and third. That made it 3-0, although Ogando avoided further trouble by getting Nate McLouth on a weak pop. "He just didn't hear me call it ... it was one of those things," Young said. "That was a wild inning," manager Ron Washington said. "I still thought we had a chance to pick and peck and get something done, but the best we could do was score two runs." The Rangers were able to get one run back in the fourth. Nelson Cruz doubled to right leading off and scored on a one-out single by Torrealba. When the Rangers went out on defense, Taylor Teagarden replaced Torrealba, who's going to be all right. "It was warm out there but both teams had to play in it," Washington said. "They just were able to take advantage of the opportunities they had." Texas was able to get Jurrjens out of the game in sixth. The Rangers took Ogando out at the same time and were not able to score a run. Young led off the inning with a single and, after Cruz struck out, Davis Murphy drew a walk. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez brought in right-hander Scott Linebrink and he got Teagarden on a fly to right. Washington countered with Mitch Moreland but Gonzalez brought in specialist George Sherrill for a lefty-lefty matchup. Sherrill struck out Moreland to end the threat. "I thought we worked Jurrjens hard, but they got a lead and held on to it," Washington said. The Rangers did get a run in the seventh as Kinsler led off with a single against right-handed reliever Scott Proctor, stole second and went to third as Elvis Andrus flied out to right. Left-hander Jonny Venters then got Josh Hamilton on a grounder to first, bringing home Kinsler. But Atlanta got that run back in the seventh when Freeman doubled home a run off of reliever Arthur Rhodes.
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.