Texas Rangers: Team Falls Short Against Cleveland 5-3

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Jun 28, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) loses the handle on a ball hit by Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis during the eighth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) loses the handle on a ball hit by Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis during the eighth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers fall to Cleveland with a score of 5-3. As a result, Texas drops back to third place and 13.5 games behind the first-place Houston Astros. Texas is 5-5 in their last five games. The All-Star break is drawing near, so Texas needs to start coming up with a plan to turning the season around. If they have a plan to do that, their first objective should require them to win more and lose less.

Not the night for the Texas Rangers, but it wasn’t a complete meltdown. Cleveland quickly jumped on the board 1-0 in the first, making it 3-0 in the third. Texas was having a really hard time responding, but they finally did in the fifth, making it a 3-1 lead. Cleveland, unfortunately, made it 5-1 in the seventh. In the ninth, Texas attempted a comeback, adding two runs, but unfortunately didn’t quite get the job done.

Yu Darvish stepped on the mound. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs, and striking out six batters. He falls to 6-6 for this season.

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Ernesto Frieri relieved in the seventh, pitching only 0.1 of an inning, allowing two hits, two runs, and striking out no batters. Dario Alvarez pitched Texas’ last 1.2 innings, allowing four hits, no runs, and striking out one batter.

Pitching is 16th in the league in runs allowed with 367, eleventh in hits allowed with 695, and 28th in strikeouts with 550. Furthermore, their 4.33 ERA places them 16th in the league.

Offense finished 7-for-34, striking out nine times. That’s ten straight games with eight or more strikeouts for Texas. Delino DeShields, Adrian Beltre, Nomar Mazara, and Joey Gallo all went hit-less. Gallo only has four hits in his last ten games with 17 strikeouts. DeShields is on a two-game hit-less streak, as Mazara is. Beltre’s four-game hitting streak is over. Andrus went 3-for-4 and has 16 hits in his last ten.

Offense’s batting average of .240 places them 28th in the league. They’re also fourth in strikeouts with 727, 28th in hits with 626, and seventh runs with 389. Furthermore, they’re sixth in homers with 116.

Andrew Cashner returns to the rotation to pitch this series’ finale. He’s looking to earn his fourth win and prevent Texas from losing their first series in nearly a month. Texas needs to keep the momentum alive.

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