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Washington shoulders blame for ninth inning

Washington shoulders blame for ninth inning

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington made one thing clear about the way the bullpen was used in the ninth inning on Tuesday night.

"It's not on [pitching coach] Mike Maddux," Washington said. "It's on me. I'm the manager. I messed up."

Washington explained what happened during the ninth inning in a game that the Rangers lost, 7-6, to the A's in 13 innings. When left-handed reliever Darren Oliver retired the side in the top of the eighth, the Rangers trailed, 3-2.

As Oliver came off the mound, Washington told Maddux that he wanted Oliver to face Eric Chavez leading off the ninth inning. When Josh Hamilton hit a two-run home run to put the Rangers ahead in the bottom of the eighth, Washington said he still wanted Oliver to face Chavez in the ninth, but forgot to tell Maddux to have closer Neftali Feliz ready after that.

"I forgot to tell him to get Feliz up," Washington said.

Maddux did not suggest it either. Chavez reached on an error. That brought up Adam Rosales, a right-handed hitter. Feliz was not ready. Rosales singled off Oliver, Feliz then came in and the Athletics ended up scoring two runs to take the lead.

"The simplest thing to do is say I want Oliver on Chavez and Feliz backing him up," Washington said. "I didn't do that. Usually we do that; I didn't do that."

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