Tolleson finally blows save as Rangers fall to Padres 6-5
Jul. 12, 2015
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Now that new Texas closer Shawn Tolleson has finally blown a save, he's ready to go back out again.
Tolleson gave up Yangervis Solarte's two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday night, and the San Diego Padres rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Rangers to end a season-high six-game losing streak.
The Texas right-hander had a chance to become the first pitcher in five years to convert the first 14 save chances of his career.
"My command might not have been quite as good tonight," Tolleson said. "I'm anxious to get back out there and get the job done."
Tolleson (2-2) took over as closer in May when Neftali Feliz was removed from that role after blowing three saves in nine chances. The closer for both of Texas' World Series teams in 2010-11, Feliz declined a minor league option Friday after getting designated for assignment and became a free agent. He agreed to terms with Detroit on Saturday.
"Shawn doesn't get caught up in the moment," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I'm sure there's very short memory, long in a sense that he'll evaluate his outing and move on. Tough one but I felt like we still played well so I don't think this will affect Shawn at all."
Mitch Moreland homered twice for the Rangers, who lost for the ninth time in 10 home games.
The fifth homer for Solarte gave the Padres just their second win in 45 games when trailing after eight innings.
"It looked like all was lost and Solarte came up big," interim manager Pat Murphy said. "It was a great feeling for our guys. They deserve it. They've played everybody tough and came up short on the road."
Solarte reached base four times and scored three runs. Former Texas reliever Joaquin Benoit (6-4) won despite allowing a run in the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 22nd save.
The Padres, down 5-3 entering the ninth, were on the verge of their fifth one-run loss in a span of seven games after pinch-runner Andrew Cashner was thrown out by Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton trying to go to third on Melvin Upton Jr.'s RBI single that cut the Texas lead to 5-4.
Three pitches later, Solarte pulled a fastball from Tolleson down the line a few rows into the seats as Texas right fielder Shin-Soo Choo watched helplessly at the wall.
Elvis Andrus gave Texas a run to spare with a run-scoring double in the eighth, but it didn't help Tolleson. He allowed five hits and three runs in two-thirds of an inning, getting replaced by Spencer Patton after Solarte's homer was followed by a single from Matt Kemp, who had a two-run homer in the third.
"Tolly's been great all year long," said Texas starter Colby Lewis, who was in line to get nine wins before the All-Star break for the first time in 11 major league seasons. "You're not going to be perfect every time you go out. I don't have any less confidence in him."
Moreland twice gave the Rangers leads with solo homers — in the second for the game's first run and in the sixth to break a 3-all tie and knock Padres ace James Shields out of the game.
Shields remained winless in seven straight starts, but it was the first time in that span that San Diego won.
He matched a season high with four walks — the third time he's had that many in the past five starts. Three came in the third after Kemp had given him a 2-1 lead with his eighth homer.
Walks to Odor and Delino DeShields around a double by Robinson Chirinos loaded the bases with no outs. After Choo tied the score on a double-play grounder to second, Prince Fielder beat the shift with an opposite-field single to left for a 3-2 lead.
Kemp's homer came after Lewis hit Solarte with a pitch with two outs in the third. In the fifth, Justin Upton singled after consecutive two-out walks to Solarte and Kemp, scoring Solarte from second for a 3-all tie.
TWO BY TWO
Moreland has hit two homers in each of the last three games that he has gone deep. The others were consecutive wins in Baltimore on June 29-30.
Padres: Murphy said RHP Brandon Morrow came out of three innings of simulated work OK and should be ready for a rehab assignment that is to be determined.
Rangers: LHP Derek Holland is closing in on his first session of live batting practice since going on the DL on April 11 with a left shoulder strain. But Banister said it was unlikely to be in Houston, the first stop for Texas after the All-Star break.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (5-7, 3.56) has the longest active homerless streak in the majors at 80 innings.
Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-7, 2.67) had a scoreless streak of 33 1-3 innings and a winning streak of four games snapped against Arizona in his last start.
This story is corrected to show Joaquin Benoit allowed a run in the eighth inning, instead of a scoreless inning.