OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have committed more errors than any other team in the Major Leagues, and A's manager Bob Melvin is downright chagrined.
"There's nothing more embarrassing than playing bad defense," Melvin said after watching his team throw away a chance at keeping things close in a 7-1 loss to the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
"At some point, we just have to get it right," Melvin said. "We work on it ad nauseam."
All four errors, which give the A's 98 on the year, came from three infielders who were not with the team at the beginning of the season. Jemile Weeks, who tripled, doubled and singled, made two errors on the same play. Eric Sogard and Scott Sizemore also made miscues.
"I do more than probably needs to happen," said Weeks, who was charged with a fielding error and a throwing error. "But I feel like even if I make a mistake, I can recover. Maybe it means making a smarter decision. You better believe the rest of the game I was focused on making every play."
What exacerbated the problem was how well Trevor Cahill was pitching at the time. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before the game unraveled.
"Trevor pitched his butt off," Sizemore said. "He pitched well enough to win. We didn't help him very much."
Cahill finished with a seven-hitter over 7 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) while striking out four. He did not walk a batter.
Cahill breezed through the first five innings and then ran into trouble in the sixth. Yorvit Torrealba singled with one out, but he was caught stealing. Weeks then committed the double error to set up Ian Kinsler's run-scoring double.
"I went for it," Weeks said. "My defense could be better. There are a lot of things I can do better. I just don't want to back away from my aggressiveness."
Melvin called it "demoralizing" and insisted the A's do everything they can to reverse the trend.
"We made four errors, but really, we played worse than that," Melvin said. "All you can do is keep working at it."
Cahill, who has struggled since the All-Star break and is 3-11 since May 15 after starting the season 6-0 with a 1.79 ERA, tried to deflect the sloppy defense played behind him.
"They've made good plays, too," he said. "It wasn't a good overall game. It was frustrating, because I started out so well and I wasn't able to finish it. When an error happens, all you can do is try to pitch out of it. I look at it like it's just another baserunner."
The A's lost their seventh straight to the Rangers, the longest such streak in 25 years. Texas took nine in a row against the A's during the 1986 season.
Consecutive one-out doubles by Josh Willingham and David DeJesus produced the A's only run of the contest against Colby Lewis and four relievers. Weeks had the other three hits.
Lewis left the game after giving up the one run on three hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight.
"Colby always throws well against me," Cahill said. "I knew it would be tough. I just couldn't finish it out."
Kinsler drove in three runs for the Rangers, including breaking the ice against Cahill with an RBI double in the sixth.
"Cahill had good stuff and was changing speeds on all his pitches," Kinsler said. "We just tried to have good quality at-bats. He was tough, but we were able to grind it out. The key was Colby throwing the ball the way he did and matching Cahill pitch for pitch."
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.