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September 26, 2013

Astros set record with 108th loss, 7-3 at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros manager Bo Porter will have to go through a lot of losses when he sits down this offseason and re-watches every game his team played.

The Astros set a franchise record with their 108th defeat by dropping their 12th in a row Wednesday night, 7-3 to the playoff-chasing Texas Rangers.

"It's one of those things where we want to win, but we have to take account of what we've done," Porter said. "Nobody's going to feel sorry for us."

Houston tied the 2001-03 Detroit Tigers for the fifth-most losses over a three-year span at 321, according to STATS. They trail only the 1962-64 New York Mets (340), the 1963-65 Mets (332), the 1915-17 Philadelphia Athletics (324) and the 1940-42 Phillies (323).

"It's not fun at all. We go out there and want to win, but it's not happening. We're going to have to fix things and come back stronger next year," center fielder Brandon Barnes said. "I believe in the guys in this clubhouse, and there are guys coming up who can do the job."

After a day off Thursday, the Astros complete their season with three games at home this weekend against the New York Yankees.

Porter was announced the new Astros manager during the last week of the 2012 season. In the months after that, he watched every game the team played while losing 107.

Before Wednesday's game, the 41-year-old Porter said he planned to do the same thing this winter — this time with notes he's taken throughout his first season as a manager. He plans to evaluate some of the decisions he made and take a closer look at his players.

Leonys Martin hit a three-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and the Rangers completed a three-game sweep and finished 17-2 with 11 straight wins against their instate rival. Rookie left-hander Martin Perez (10-5) struck out eight over seven innings.

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