Rangers' offense stalls during series in Chicago

Texas hits .198 for the series, .176 with runners in scoring position

Rangers' offense stalls during series in Chicago

CHICAGO -- The postmortem on the Rangers' three losses to the White Sox this weekend begins and ends with the offense.

The Rangers either ran into some really good pitching or were just bad at the plate during the series, which ended with a 4-1 loss on Sunday afternoon.

"We were fighting and we faced a really good pitching staff," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "But there are no excuses, the offense needs to be better. We played some pretty decent games, but we are not happy with the results."

The Rangers entered the series leading the league in runs scored before scoring just four in 29 innings. They hit .198 for the series with just four extra-base hits. Their only run on Sunday came on a first-inning home run by Nomar Mazara against White Sox starter Mat Latos.

Mazara's solo shot

They hit .176 with runners in scoring position in the series, including 1-for-10 on Sunday. The Rangers had runners at the corners with one out in the fifth and sixth innings, and both times grounded into an inning-ending double play.

"It's just baseball," designated hitter Prince Fielder said. "There were certain situations where we didn't come through and we messed up on the bases. Everything wasn't clicking as a whole."

The Rangers were swept in a three-game series for the first time since July 3-5 of last season by the Angels.

"They did a good job of pitching and when we got in some good spots, it was just tough for us to come through," first baseman Mitch Moreland said. "We hit some balls hard, but it didn't bounce our way. It was just one of those series that it didn't go our way. We kept grinding it out trying to create opportunities, it just didn't happen."

Rangers starter Derek Holland gave his team another quality start, allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings. He just stumbled in the fifth, and the White Sox took advantage.

The score was tied at 1. Holland had allowed two hits, including a solo home run by Dioner Navarro in the second, but started the inning by walking Melky Cabrera. Brett Lawrie followed with a double to left, moving Cabrera to third. He ended up scoring on a wild pitch. After a walk to Jerry Sands, Navarro's sacrifice fly brought home another run.

Cabrera scores on wild pitch

"I thought Derek threw the ball well," manager Jeff Banister said. "The ball was coming out well. He was pitching clean, the pitch count was good, then the leadoff walk, double, wild pitch ... it put them up and we couldn't mount anything."

That's pretty much the way it went for the entire weekend in Chicago.

"Our pitching staff kept us in the games," Beltre said. "We had to do our jobs, and I don't think we did it good enough. It wasn't good enough."

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.