Ian Desmond, Jake Diekman and Lucas Harrell offer perspective on the Rangers' 12-9 loss to the Rockies Thursday afternoon (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram). sstevenson@star-telegram.com
Ian Desmond, Jake Diekman and Lucas Harrell offer perspective on the Rangers' 12-9 loss to the Rockies Thursday afternoon (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram). sstevenson@star-telegram.com

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Rockies finally outlast Rangers, withering Texas heat

August 11, 2016 09:48 PM

UPDATED August 11, 2016 10:35 PM

ARLINGTON

The new videoboard in left field at Globe Life Park is so fancy that it can provide temperature readings.

On Thursday afternoon, as pitchers were wilting and runs kept scoring, the thermometer maxed out at 104 miserable degrees.

That also maxed out the ribbon paneling in left field, which had to be shut down late in the marathon game because it was too hot.

The fans, an announced 20,720 of them, crowded into what little shade was available.

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City officials pining for the new retractable-roof ballpark have their best campaign video yet, 4 hours and 3 minutes of sweaty baseball.

But the heat didn’t cost the Texas Rangers in a 12-9 loss to the Colorado Rockies, whose bullpen imploded again but not as badly as the Rangers’ did.

104 Peak temperature Thursday at Globe Life Park. The temperature at first pitch was 98 degrees

The Rockies scored six times against the Rangers’ relievers, including five in the eighth inning against Jake Diekman and Matt Bush to snap the Rangers’ five-game winning streak.

The cause might be found in the campaign video, where Diekman will look for flaws in his delivery after a second consecutive subpar outing.

I feel good. It’s just that I’m not making pitches,” said Diekman, who was charged with three runs. “Might be a little mechanical, but yeah, that’s two bad games in a row.

“It stings when the position players and starters fight so hard. They played their tails off, it’s 104 outside, until I come in and just blow the game.”

The Rangers had just grabbed a 9-7 lead with a four-run seventh that featured back-to-back homers by Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland. But Diekman retired only one of the four batters he faced in the eighth as the Rockies closed to 9-8.

It stings when the position players and starters fight so hard. They played their tails off, it’s 104 outside, until I come in and just blow the game.

Rangers reliever Jake Diekman

Bush entered and picked up a quick out to bring up slugger Nolan Arenado. The Rangers chose to pitch around him, loading the bases for rookie David Dahl. Bush jumped ahead in the count only to walk the outfielder and force in the tying run.

All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez followed as a pinch hitter and lined a double to the wall in left-center to clear the bases.

Bush thought a few pitches to Dahl could have gone his way.

“Either you’re going to ring a guy up for just completely taking a pitch or we get the call and I locate a perfect two-seamer,” Bush said. “It’s just one of those games I look back on it and go, ‘Wow, it got away from us pretty quick right there.’ 

The Rangers didn’t get much from starter Lucas Harrell other than six innings. The Rangers trailed after only two pitches as Charlie Blackmon started the game with a home run, and the Rockies scored three more against Harrell in the third for a 4-0 lead.

Jeff Banister give Lucas Harrell "fair" grade in Rangers' loss

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that, in the context of a wild game, starter Lucas Harrell did a "fair" job, allowing six runs in six innings Wednesday (video by Jeff Wilson).

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Rougned Odor had an RBI triple during a three-run third for the Rangers, but Harrell surrendered two more in the fourth that the Rangers countered with two runs of their own.

Harrell finished strong, with two scoreless innings, but was down 6-5 when he left. The Rockies got a run against Jeremy Jeffress in the seventh. But Jeffress was in line for his first win with the Rangers until Diekman and Bush opened the floodgates.

402 Pitches thrown by the Rangers and Rockies on Thursday

“Deke lost a little feel for the strike zone, a little feel for the pitch,” manager Jeff Banister said. “We still believe in him. As far as Bush, it looked like he was trying to nip the edges. He walked a run in. I feel like we needed to attack the strike zone, but we just didn’t attack the strike zone.”

The loss shaved a half-game off the Rangers’ lead in the American League West. They lead second-place Seattle by 6  1/2 games ahead of a three-game weekend series against the Detroit Tigers.

Temperatures could dip all the way to the mid-80s for the Sunday finale. Rain is in the forecast, which could lead to another campaign video for the pro-roof crowd.

The one that emerged on a sweltering Thursday was more than four hours long. But the Rangers weren’t complaining that the heat cost them against the Rockies.

“It was hot, but both teams had to do it,” Moreland said. “The games with them were back and fourth the whole series. We did it to them three times, and they did it to us today. They flipped the script on us.”

Bullpen falters as Rangers drop finale to Rockies

Colorado scored six runs in the seventh and eight innings Thursday against the Rangers' bullpen. Manager Jeff Banister breaks it down. (Video by Jeff Wilson).

jwilson@star-telegram.com