Rangers 11, Indians 2
It was easy to see why Texas manager Ron Washington was in a
good mood Friday night.
The Rangers’ 11-2 win over the Cleveland Indians was a team
effort from top to bottom.
Alexi Ogando won his sixth game without a loss and Josh Hamilton
and Nelson Cruz homered in a five-run seventh inning, sparking the
Rangers to their ninth win in 12 games. The defending AL champions,
who pounded out 19 hits, are 14-8 since May 10.
”I like what Ogando did,” Washington said. ”I like what our
offense did. We had balance throughout the lineup and we made all
the defensive plays.”
The victory continued the Rangers’ dominance of the Indians over
the last three seasons. Texas has beaten Cleveland 14 times in the
last 17 games between the teams and has won nine of 10 at
Progressive Field, including the first two games of this
”It’s one of those baseball things,” Washington said. ”The
past couple of years they’ve been young. Now those kids are
becoming stars. The past two nights we’ve played some good
baseball. I just hope we can continue it because at any moment they
can rise up.”
The Indians have the best record in the American League, but are
13-14 since May 3 and have lost four straight at home. Despite the
fact his team has lost seven of 10, Indians manager Manny Acta
isn’t ready to panic.
”I feel good,” he said. ”We’re going through a rough spot
like everybody else. I’m very thankful we still haven’t gone
through one of those long stretches like everyone else, and we want
to keep it that way.”
Ogando (6-0) held the Indians to one run and four hits in eight
innings. He has allowed two runs or fewer in nine of his 11 starts
while pitching at least six innings in each outing. Washington gave
his endorsement for the right-hander to be in next month’s All-Star
game. Considering Washington will manage the American League team,
one has to like Ogando’s chances.
”To be there would be a dream,” said Ogando. ”It makes me
feel good for my manager to say that.”
Texas took a 2-1 lead into the seventh before putting the game
away with home runs off reliever Tony Sipp. Hamilton hit a
three-run drive on an 0-2 pitch. After Adrian Beltre’s flyball fell
between outfielders Michael Brantley and Shin-Soo Choo for a
double, Cruz homered on Sipp’s next pitch.
The Rangers have managed to stay in first place in the AL West
despite the fact Hamilton and Cruz have both missed time with
injuries. Texas is 17-5 in games that both have played.
”I don’t know if it takes pressure off guys,” said Hamilton,
the AL MVP. ”It seems to flow a little better.”
Elvis Andrus, who had four hits, added a three-run double in the
Justin Masterson (5-4) allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings,
dropping his fourth straight decision. He hasn’t won since April
Cleveland’s best chance against Ogando came in the sixth when
singles by Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera put runners at first and
third to start the inning. Ogando then got Choo to hit into a
double play, with Brantley scoring, and struck out Carlos Santana
to end the inning.
Cabrera hit a solo home run in the ninth.
Endy Chavez, who was 4 for 4 on Thursday, had an RBI double in
the second while Michael Young drove in a third-inning run with a
Masterson retired the first batter in the seventh, but was
removed after Ian Kinsler walked and Andrus singled. Sipp was
called on to face Hamilton, who was batting .179 against
left-handers, but that strategy failed. Hamilton’s line drive
cleared the wall in right near the Rangers’ bullpen.
”He missed his spot,” Hamilton said. ”He was trying to go
away with his fastball. He got it up and in.”
Following Beltre’s gift double, Cruz drove his home run deep
into the seats in right-center.
Cleveland third baseman Jack Hannahan was a late scratch from
the lineup because of a sore left hamstring. He was replaced by
NOTES: OF Julio Borbon was activated from the disabled list and
optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. He had been out since mid-May with
a strained hamstring. … The Rangers’ 7-4 victory on Thursday was
the first time they have rallied from a three-run deficit to win a
game this season. … RHP Alex White (sore middle finger) has been
sent to extended spring training to begin a rehab program. He’s
expected to miss about 10 more weeks. … 1B Nick Johnson, signed
by the Indians to a minor league contract in February, has been
activated from extended spring training and joined Double-A Akron.
Johnson had wrist surgery last season.