Jimenez, Indians lose again at Rangers
SEP 11, 2012 11:07p ET
With general manager Chris Antonetti on hand for the final series of their 10-game trip, the Indians played pretty much the same way they have for nearly four months, losing 6-4 at the AL West-leading Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Jimenez picked up his major league-leading 16th loss, though he gave up only two earned runs before leaving down 5-1 after five innings. His 16th wild pitch, also most in the majors, led to one of the runs.
"Things haven't gone right the whole second half. We're battling, we're keeping our head up and trying to finish strong," manager Manny Acta said. "But the whole second half has been rough for us."
Jimenez (9-16) is 1-9 in 12 starts since the All-Star break.
The Indians are 15-42 since the break, and their 59-83 overall record is the worst in the American League. They led the AL Central by four games on May 17, but are 37-67 since then.
Matt Harrison struck out six in 5 2-3 innings for his 16th victory and Adrian Beltre hit his 31st homer, a ball that was initially ruled a double before being reversed on replay.
Texas scored four times in the second, which started with Beltre reaching on an error that led to three unearned runs. First baseman Russ Canzler was charged with an error after being pulled off the bag and failing to catch a wide throw by third baseman Jason Donald.
"Against a team like that, you can't give them extra outs and, obviously, I did that," said Donald, who was later charged with two errors that didn't lead to runs. "It's unfortunate because Ubaldo pitched a really good game. There's no explanation needed, really."
Jimenez said errors are part of the game, and didn't blame them for what happened.
"I have to try to do everything possible to pick them up but I wasn't able to do that," Jimenez said. "I know those guys do everything possible to catch the ball."
Jimenez struck out four and walked four while allowing five runs and four hits over five innings.
"I think Ubaldo threw the ball very well. He gave up that homer to Beltre, but he threw well despite a few walks in there," Acta said. "He gave us an opportunity to win, we just really hurt ourselves not catching the ball."
Cleveland was searching for its first baserunner before Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis opened the fourth with consecutive walks. Harrison (16-9) got out of that jam with a double-play grounder and a strikeout.
Brent Lillibridge drew a one-out walk in the fifth before Jason Donald singled for Cleveland's first hit. Lillibridge scored on Ezequiel Carrera's RBI single.
"The first three innings he was as sharp as he could possibly be," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "All of a sudden he was not as crisp as he was, and it was three innings in a row. But he got us into the sixth. For a minute, I thought he'd go way deep in the game without a lot of pitches."
Harrison allowed five hits and walked three, all the runners coming in his last 2 2-3 innings. He became the fourth AL pitcher with 16 wins.
Beltre led off the fifth with a ball that ricocheted high off the top of the left-field wall and was initially ruled a double. Umpires reviewed the play and changed it to a home run. The replay showed the ball actually hit a metal brace supporting the wall and not the padding on top of it.
"We thought the ball hit the top of the wall and came back," Acta said. "In the replays we have here it looks kind of inconclusive. Talking to the umpire, he felt it hit some metal bar back there behind the padding."
NOTES: After Cleveland scored twice in the eighth when the Rangers used three relievers, Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his 32nd save. It was his 30th in a row, a career high and Rangers record. ... Indians LF Thomas Neal was ruled out in the seventh for interference. He hit a dribbler down the first-base line fielded by reliever Alexi Ogando, who shot-putted the ball over the runner and into right field. But home plate umpire Ed Hickox immediately signaled that Neal was out of the running lane. ... Texas OF Nelson Cruz, in a 2-for-23 slide, got the night off. Cruz was 0 for 9 with seven strikeouts in his career against Jimenez, but Washington said the timing of the planned break was a coincidence.