The Texas Rangers (39-40) lost three out of four against its final matchup against the Cleveland Indians (42-36) in its only visit to Progressive Field this year. The Indians won the season series 6-1.
Left fielder Nomar Mazara hit a RBI double, his 15th of the season, and third basemen Adrian Beltre hit his fourth home run, a three- run shot, to give the Rangers a four-run lead in the first inning. Then, shortstop Elvis Andrus hit a three-run home run, his eighth, in the second. The Rangers’ offensive output was finished in the fourth inning when first basemen Joey Gallo hit his 20th home run, a solo shot, and Andrus hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot and his ninth home run of the season.
Starting pitcher Cole Hamels made his first start since April 26. He pitched only 4 2/3 innings, gave up seven runs and walked four. The bullpen pitched in a similar manner and gave up eight runs. Reliever Tanner Scheppers received his first loss and reliever Alex Claudio earned his second blown save. This combined effort between the bullpen and Hamels allowed Cleveland to score 13 unanswered runs to hand the Rangers a 15-9 loss.
The Ranger’s offense was more limited but more impactful in game two. Catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a solo home run, his 11th, to tie the game in the fifth inning. Then, Beltre hit a solo home run, his fifth of the season, in the ninth inning to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. After Tuesday’s game, Beltre has 450 career home runs.
Starting pitcher Tyson Ross pitched six innings, gave up one run, walked two and struck out five. The bullpen also kept it a close game with three scoreless innings from relievers Jose Leclerc, Keone Kela and closer Matt Bush. Kela earned his fourth win and Bush his 10th save. Rangers won 2-1.
Chirinos hit his 12th home run, a solo home run and as the designated hitter, to start the Rangers’ scoring in the fifth inning of game three. Then, the Rangers were silenced until the ninth inning when Andrus hit a solo home run, his 10th, and second basemen Rougned Odor hit a one-run single.
Starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitched six innings, gave up two earned runs, walked one and struck out six. Reliever Ernesto Frieri gave up two runs on 1/3 innings pitched and reliever Dario Alvarez was scoreless across 1 2/3 innings. Rangers lost 5-3.
Ranger’s were shutdown in the final game of the four-game series as Cleveland ace Corey Kluber pitched eight innings of one-run ball. The lone run from the Rangers came from a Mazara solo home run, his 11th, in the first inning.
Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner made his return from the DL in Thursday’s game, his first start since June 14. Cashner pitched five innings, gave up five runs, walked two and struck out three. The bullpen kept the Rangers in the game with three scoreless inning from Nick Martinez, his second relief appearance of the season, and Scheppers. The Rangers lost 5-1.
The Rangers will remain in the AL Central as it will travel to Guaranteed Rate Field to play the Chicago White Sox (33-44) for a three- game series to finish a 10-game road trip.
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