- Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas Rangers starter Nick Tepesch had solid performances in his previous three starts, winning the last two.

Saturday against the suddenly slugging Washington Nationals he was done after the second inning.

Anthony Rendon went 4 for 5 and hit one of four Washington home runs, including two off the Texas starter, as the Nationals routed the Rangers 10-2.

Jose Lobaton also connected off Tepesch (2-1), who allowed five runs on seven hits.

“I think what caused him his demise (was) early on he was going deep in counts, and that’s a fastball hitting team, and he had to try and throw a strike,” manager Ron Washington said. “And when he did they made him pay for it.”

The 25-year-old right-hander, who walked two and struck out one, saw his ERA jump from 2.95 to 4.43.

“Didn’t really help myself out is the best way to put it,” Tepesch said. “Falling behind, and you’re not going to win games falling behind and letting pitches leak back over the middle.”

Washington starter Doug Fister (3-1) came in with a 5.67 career ERA against the Rangers, but didn’t give up a hit until Elvis Andrus doubled in the fourth. He allowed two runs and retired the first 10 Texas batters.

“He goes out and executes his game plan and throws all his pitches for strikes, works fast, and did the same thing today,” Mitch Moreland said.

The Rangers lost their second straight and fell to 6-4 on their 11-game road swing and Washington was asked if the trip is beginning to take its toll.

“No, I think (Friday Washington starter Stephen) Strasburg and Fister did,” he said.

“You know when pitching shuts you down you look like you might be a little fatigued, but if we could have put something together and had a chance to run the bases and make something happen it wouldn’t have looked so lethargic.”

Adam LaRoche and Scott Hairston homered off Scott Baker, who pitched five innings in relief, sparing the Rangers bullpen.

“He certainly gave us what we needed,” Washington said.

The Nationals have racked up 24 runs and 42 hits in their last three games, winning two straight to climb back to .500.

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