ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Phillies’ bullpen could not protect a late one-run lead in a 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
The Rangers won it on a base hit by Adrian Beltre with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Beltre also tied the game with a double in the seventh inning after the Rangers had been down, 2-0.
B.J. Rosenberg gave up Beltre’s game-winning hit after rookie Mario Hollands walked two batters.
The Phillies are 1-1.
Starting pitching report
A.J. Burnett allowed just one run over six innings in his Phillies’ debut.
Texas lefty Martin Perez did not allow a run through the first five innings. He gave up four hits and two runs in the sixth as the Phillies took a 2-0 lead. Perez walked none and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.
Hollands took the loss.
Jake Diekman came in with a one-run lead in the top of the seventh and failed to protect it. He allowed a leadoff single and a two-out double to Beltre.
Antonio Bastardo got two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth.
Texas lefty Neal Cotts struck out Ryan Howard on a breaking ball off the plate with two men on base to end the top of the eighth inning and preserve a 2-2 tie.
At the plate
The Phillies scored both their runs in the sixth inning. Jimmy Rollins had an RBI single and Howard a two-out RBI double.
Howard hit fifth in the lineup, his first time out of the cleanup spot since June 2008. He batted cleanup in his previous 665 starts.
Howard struck out twice swinging at breaking balls out of the strike zone from left-handers.
In the field
Rightfielder Marlon Byrd gave Burnett a huge assist when he made a long run and a diving catch to start a key 9-3 double play one batter after the Rangers had cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth.
Cole Hamels continued his recovery from shoulder tendinitis by pitching three innings in a minor-league game in Clearwater on Tuesday. Hamels threw 44 pitches. He allowed two hits, a run, walked two and struck out three. Hamels probably has four more minor-league outings left before he’s ready to rejoin the Phillies.
Replay was used to check a call for the first time in a Phillies game. The call went against the Phillies as Ben Revere, initially ruled safe on a pickoff play at second base, was ultimately called out.
The play occurred in the top of the sixth and cost the Phillies a run as the next two hitters, Byrd and Howard, both had hits.
As it turned out, the run would have been huge.
The Phillies and Rangers close out the interleague series Wednesday night. Kyle Kendrick pitches against lefty Robbie Ross.