Rapid Reaction: Indians 6, Rangers 0
The already struggling Texas offense completely bottomed out on Sunday in Cleveland as the Rangers were shut out for the second consecutive game, losing 6-0 at Jacobs Field.
Offense in a trance: The Rangers come home having not scored in 21 consecutive innings. They have eight hits in 68 at-bats during that span. The slump runs throughout the lineup and the club comes home with a lot of questions to answer with the trade deadline three days away.
And the hitters were... Elvis Andrus had a one-out double in the first inning, extending his hitting streak against the Indians to 37 games, the third-longest streak against one team since 1945. Andrus was stranded at second after Nelson Cruz walked and Adrian Beltre grounded into a double play. A.J. Pierzynski had the other hit, a single to lead off the fifth inning.
Top of the 5th: The Rangers had a great chance to take the lead in the top of the fifth. Pierzynski had a single and David Murphy had a walk. Jurickson Profar followed with a sacrifice bunt to put two runners in scoring position. The inning fizzled. Mitch Moreland popped up to shortstop. Moreland is a disastrous 2-for-36 since the All-Star break. Leonys Martin grounded out to first base to end the inning. Martin has nine hits in his past 46 at-bats.
Ogando is OK: Alexi Ogando allowed a run in 4 2/3 innings in his second game since coming off the disabled list. He left with the Rangers trailing 1-0. Still, Ogando needs to be able to pitch deeper into games to be a starter. He threw 92 pitches and was lifted in the fifth inning on a day where the bullpen didn't have it. Ogando has gone past six innings twice in 12 starts this season. That's not going to get it done.
Terrible route: The Rangers probably had no chance to overcome a 1-0 deficit the way their offense is going. But having already allowed a run in the bottom of the sixth, Martin misplayed a drive to center field by the Indians' Michael Bourn that turned into a two-run double and a 4-0 deficit for the Rangers.
Ross doesn't have it: Robbie Ross allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings. He was hurt by another left-handed hitter as Bourn broke the game open with his double.
Up next: The Rangers come home for a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, who put first baseman Albert Pujols on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. The starters for the Rangers-Angels series are on Monday night, right-hander Matt Garza (1-0, 0.00) versus right-hander Jered Weaver (5-5, 2.98) at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN, Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM; on Tuesday, left-hander Derek Holland (8-6, 3.06) against left-hander C.J. Wilson (11-6, 3.08); and on Wednesday, left-hander Martin Perez (3-3, 4.37) against right-hander Jerome Williams (5-7, 4.85).
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