Could the Rangers make a late comeback for a second straight day in Cleveland? They trailed 4-2 headed into the ninth inning when Indians closer Chris Perez faced the Rangers. Mitch Moreland led off by beating the over-shift with a single to right field. Then Mike Napoli pinch hit for Yorvit Torrealba, who was 0-for-3. Napoli popped out to the second baseman.
Adrian Beltre pinch hit for Alberto Gonzalez, who was 0-for-3. Beltre lifted the Rangers to a 5-2, 11-inning win Saturday night thanks to his three-run, pinch-hit home run off Joe Smith. That ended the Rangers' 0-for-12 stretch in pinch-hitting at-bats this season. On Sunday, Shin-Soo Choo made a diving catch on Beltre’s batted ball to right field.
Ian Kinsler struck out swinging to end the game. The Rangers lost 4-2. They lost 2-of-3 to the Indians, and they are 2-4 on the current trip.
Rangers & Indians: The Rangers have won 12 of their last 15 games versus the Indians dating back to 2010. The Rangers were 9-1 vs. the Indians last season.
Stay there or not: The opposition was hitting .194 with runners in scoring position against Yu Darvish entering Sunday’s game. In the first inning, the first two batters reached base and Darvish retired the next three. He retired two more with a runner at second base in the second. Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in two with a double in the third. Opponents are now 3-for-28 with RISP vs. Darvish in the last four games, including 2-for-11 Sunday.
Special K's: Darvish established an MLB career high in strikeouts with 11. His previous high was 10 against the Yankees on April 24.
Not used to this: For the first time in his six major league starts, Darvish (4-1) left with the Rangers trailing. The score was 4-0. He threw 112 pitches (63 strikes) in six innings and allowed six hits, four runs (three earned), walked four and struck out 11. It’s a quality start if you are into that stat.
If U don’t know me ...: Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez was stingy against the Rangers. After allowing a lead-off double to David Murphy to begin the fourth, Jimenez retired the next 10 Rangers until Moreland walked with one out in the seventh. Jimenez pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up two hits, walked five and struck out six.
Safely aboard: Elvis Andrus has reached base safely in 24 consecutive games thanks to a first-inning walk. He also has reached base with a hit in all 26 games he has ever played against the Indians. Elvis doubled in the eighth, his fourth plate appearance of the day.
A Sipp of success: The Rangers found success at the plate against lefty Tony Sipp in the eighth. After Kinsler singled and Andrus doubled to begin the inning, Josh Hamilton’s groundout produced his 26th RBI of the season. He began the day leading the American League in RBIs. Michael Young followed with an RBI single, which means he has hit safely in 21 of 27 games. The Rangers trailed 4-2 when Sipp exited with two outs in the 8th.
A full Nelson: Nelson Cruz was 0-for-4. He’s 3-for-26 on this trip and is batting .216 this season.
Day-to-day: Third baseman Beltre was not in the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive day due to hamstring trouble but pinch hit for the second game in a row.