Rangers extend Indians losing streak to 8
ARLINGTON – The Cleveland Indians’ bullpen continues to be a factory of sadness as its relief arms blew another lead in a 6-3 loss against the Texas Rangers on Monday.
Lefty Scott Kazmir (3-3, 5.21) received the start for the Indians to counter Texas right-hander Josh Lindblom (0-1, 8.22). Kazmir was coming off a decent start against the New York Yankees in which he surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks. Lindblom was recalled from triple-A Round Rock to fill the spot of Alexi Ogando, who was recently placed on the disabled list.
Texas struck first during their half of the second inning when catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-out single and scored on a single to left by centerfielder Craig Gentry.
The Indians took control in the third due to a timely hit from first baseman Carlos Santana. Shortstop Mike Aviles led off the inning with a ground ball single before second baseman Jason Kipnis lined a one-out single to left and right fielder Nick Swisher drew a walk to load the bases. Cue Santana, who doubled to center to empty the bags, giving Cleveland the 3-1 advantage.
Kazmir couldn’t keep the Rangers at bay as he relinquished a two-run home run to first baseman Jeff Baker in the fourth to tie the game. Kazmir lasted through the sixth, allowing four runs on eight hits, a pair of walks and five strikeouts. Kamizr gave way to lefty Hagadone in the seventh, and Hagadone’s woes weren’t absent.
Kazmir started the seventh and shortstop Jurickson Profar led off the inning with a double to right and advanced to third as second baseman Elvis Andrus tapped an infield single. That ended the evening for Kazmir, setting the table for Hagadone. Hagadone forced left fielder David Murphy to hit into a double play that left Profar out at home and Andrus on second, but a two-run home run off the bat of designated hitter Lance Berkman sent Hagadone packing.
The relief help wasn’t much assistance as Hagadone was replaced with Cody Allen, who walked third basemanAdrian Beltre before surrendering a double to right fielder Nelson Cruz to score Beltre, boosting Texas to the 6-3 lead.
Lindblom tossed six innings for Texas, yielding three runs on five hits, one walk and six strikeouts. Robbie Rossand Tanner Scheppers each tossed scoreless innings for Texas before giving way to closer Joe Nathan, who slammed the door shut to preserve the Rangers with the 6-3 win and serve the Indians their eighth straight loss.
Next, the Indians turn to right-hander Corey Kluber (3-4, 4.56) to revive the comatose team. Derek Holland (5-2, 2.82) will receive the start for Texas. Kluber had an ugly outing during his last start against New York, whereas Holland has won his last three outings against Cleveland.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.
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