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Comeback falls short as Rangers settle for split

Comeback falls short as Rangers settle for split
Comeback falls short as Rangers settle for split
Cole Hamels picks up a strikeout in the 3rd inning as he gets Dansby Swanson to go down swinging on six pitches

ATLANTA — Throughout the early portion of his career, Cole Hamels frequently helped the Phillies make a push toward the postseason with a strong start against the Braves. But his bid to do the same for the Rangers on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park unraveled during a five-run second inning that proved decisive in Texas’ 5-4 loss.

Provided the chance to help the Rangers sweep a doubleheader and move within a game of the American League’s second Wild Card spot, Hamels was undone by a few of his own mistakes during the second inning, which was capped by Freddie Freeman‘s two-run double. The Rangers’ southpaw retired 11 of the final 13 batters faced, but allowed five runs (four earned) and six hits over six innings.

With just their third loss in the past nine games, the Rangers fell two games behind the Twins, who are currently positioned to claim the AL’s second Wild…

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