ST. PETERSBURG — Corey Dickerson ended Cole Hamels' bid for a no-hitter in the sixth inning. With the pursuit of history over, the attention returned to the Rays' sloppy defense.
There was plenty of that Friday during a 6-2 loss to the Rangers at Tropicana Field.
"Pretty disappointing game, to say the least," manager Kevin Cash said. "We got outpitched, we got outhit, outdefended. They didn't make any mental mistakes. We made a handful, so a pretty disappointing effort."
The Rays (50-70) missed a chance to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games. The AL West-leading Rangers (73-50) have won 10 of 13.
Much of that had to do with Hamels, who carved through the depleted Tampa Bay lineup that did not have Logan Forsythe (back spasms), lost Kevin Kiermaier (left hip tightness) after two innings and lost Nick Franklin (concussion), who entered the game in the third inning and left in the fifth.
Hamels had plenty of help.
Some of it came from his offense, namely Adrian Beltre, who smacked a pair of home runs. And some if it came from the Rays defense, which did not commit a physical error. Mental? Plenty of those.
There were sloppy plays in the second (second baseman Tim Beckham) and third (centerfielder Mikie Mahtook and rightfielder Steven Souza Jr.), but those did not lead to runs.
Then came the fifth inning when the Rangers scored twice, the first on Mitch Moreland's 21st homer. The second came when Elvis Andrus hustled all the way home from first on Ian Desmond's single to center because Mahtook lobbed his throw to Beckham.
"I didn't throw the ball in as hard as I should have, and he got me," Mahtook said. "He baited me into it and I lobbed it back at second, and he took the extra base. That won't ever happen again, and it's something that's not a good feeling to have that happen to you."
The Rangers scored three in the sixth with the help of Beltre's first home run and more mind-numbing defense. A grounder to second by Andrus turned into an infield hit because no one covered first — first baseman Brad Miller roamed too far from the bag to get back in time and Ryan Garton, who replaced Andriese that inning, was too late covering.
That loaded the bases, and Garton walked Profar to give the Rangers a 5-0 lead.
"We had a few lapses and defensive miscues, but it's one of those things that happens," Mahtook said. "That's not the type of team we are."
Dickerson, the second outfielder off the bench in five innings, single to rightfield with two out in the sixth inning to break up Hamels' no-hitter. Souza homered in the eighth to end the shutout.