The Texas Rangers (12-20) lost two of three against the Cleveland Indians (16-13) at Progressive Field.
Lefty Martin Pérez was placed on the 10-day disabled list for discomfort in his right elbow, the one he broke and had surgery on this offseason, and reliever Jose Leclerc was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
Left fielder Joey Gallo started the scoring for the Rangers in game one with a fourth-inning RBI groundout. Three innings later, catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a solo home run, his sixth. Finally, shortstop Jurickson Profar and right fielder Nomar Mazara each hit RBI doubles in the eighth before Mazara hit a RBI single in the ninth. Texas lost 7-5.
Ace Cole Hamels pitched five innings, allowed two runs, one earned, walked three and struck out eight. Then, the bullpen eventually gave up the winning run when reliever Chris Martin allowed four runs during his two-out appearance in the eighth.
Martin was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right foreman irritation. Reliever Nick Gardewine was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
Center fielder Delino DeShields started game two with a solo home run, his first of the season, in the fifth before Profar hit a RBI double, his sixth. In the next inning, Profar drove in two runs with another RBI double before Mazara hit a two-run home run, his fourth. In the 12th, Gallo hit a solo home run, his ninth, before third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a solo home run, his second. Texas won 8-6.
Starter Doug Fister pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowed two runs, zero earned, walked two and struck out four. Then, the bullpen threw up zeros until closer Keone Kela allowed a ninth-inning grand slam. Finally, lefty Alex Claudio earned his first win of the season with three scoreless innings.
Mazara started the offense in the series finale with a solo home run, his fifth, in the second. In the next inning, catcher Juan Centeno hit a solo home run, his first of the season. In the seventh, Gallo hit a solo home run, his 10th, before designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo hit a RBI single in the eighth. Texas lost 12-4.
Lefty Matt Moore got roughed up for 10 runs across four innings pitched before relievers Gardewine and Jesse Chavez combined for four innings, two runs allowed, zero walks and four strikeouts.
Texas will start a seven-game homestand with a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox (22-8) at Globe Life Park.
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