Rapid Reaction: Indians 1, Rangers 0
Texas fell to five games out of first place in the American League West. The Rangers are 2-7 since the All-Star break. They have scored three or fewer runs in six of the nine games.
Darvish on K binge: Darvish allowed a leadoff home run to Michael Bourn, then went on a strikeout binge that drove up his pitch count and his season strikeout total. Darvish had 11 strikeouts in six innings. It's his seventh double-digit strikeout game of the season, most in the majors. He also retook the major league lead in strikeouts from the New York Mets' Matt Harvey with 172.
Pitch count police: Darvish threw 123 pitches, the most he's thrown in a game since the controversial 130 he threw on May 16 against Detroit. The most Darvish had thrown in a game since then was 117 pitches on June 30 against Cincinnati.
Masterson dominates: Indians starter Justin Masterson was 0-4 against the Rangers before Saturday night. He changed that with a dominating effort. Masterson allowed five hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings. Texas didn't have an extra-base hit against a pitcher who had a 6.49 ERA against the team entering the game.
Almost doesn't count: The Rangers put together a rally in the top of the fifth when Geovany Soto had a one-out single and Ian Kinsler was hit by a pitch with two outs. That brought up rookie Engel Beltre, who hit a smash into left field for a base hit. The only problem is Beltre hit it too well, and with Soto not a fast runner and Indians right fielder Drew Stubbs possessing a strong throwing arm, the Rangers' catcher had to stop at third base. Nelson Cruz ended the threat with a fielder's choice groundout to shortstop.
Not in the first: Cruz and Adrian Beltre both got ahead in the count 3-0 against Masterson and didn't get on base with Engel Beltre already on base. Cruz grounded out and Adrian Beltre struck out as the Rangers again didn't score in the first inning. With Cleveland scoring its only run in the first, Texas has been outscored in the opening inning, 50-26.
Up next: The Rangers finish up a three-game road series in Cleveland when right-hander Alexi Ogando (4-2, 3.13) faces right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4, 4.49) at 12:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM. Texas opens a three-game series at home Monday against the Los Angeles Angels with an early start of 6:05 p.m.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.