Felix Hernandez gave up 10 hits and eight runs -- four earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.
King Felix allowed two runs out of the gate but settled in after that, hurling four scoreless frames before the fateful six-run sixth inning. Hernandez got himself into some trouble in that inning, but a two-out error by first baseman Adam Lind prolonged the inning and paved the way for four more unearned runs to cross the plate before the bleeding stopped. The loss dropped the 30-year-old to 11-7 with a 3.71 ERA through 24 starts. His last start of the 2016 season will come Sunday against the Athletics.
Mike Fiers allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings Tuesday against the Mariners.
Fiers struggled early, giving up runs in each of the first three innings, before settling down to toss two scoreless frames to end his outing. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five in the no-decision. Fiers had some ups and downs in 2016, but he finishes with an 11-8 mark, 4.48 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 31 games, including 30 starts. The Astros will have to decide this winter whether those numbers are good enough to earn him a look at a rotation spot next spring.
Brandon Phillips left Tuesday night's game in St. Louis after suffering a left hand injury.
X-rays were negative, but even minor injuries can be season-enders at this point. Phillips was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and an RBI sac fly Tuesday before exiting. He's sitting on a .291/.320/.416 batting line in 141 games played.
Carlos Gomez hit a three-run home run and the Rangers topped the Brewers 6-4 on Tuesday.
Gomez jumped on a pitch by his former teammate Jimmy Nelson in the third inning, tying the game with his three-run shot. He's now got seven homers, 21 RBI and 18 runs scored since joining the Rangers in late August, a signal that perhaps a change of scenery was all the 30-year-old needed. Gomez will make for an interesting free agent case this offseason.
Chris Carter went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.
Carter lifted off against Rangers starter A.J. Griffin the first inning for the two-run blast. He's now just one homer shy of 40, and his 39 homers, 92 RBI and 81 runs scored are all personal bests for the 29-year-old. In the National League, only Nolan Arenado has more homers than Carter with a handful of games left to play.