The Rangers came up short Sunday afternoon, as they lost their second straight game to the Cleveland Indians 3-2.
Texas took a lead in the fourth, when Alex Rios scored on a bases loaded wild pitch. However, the lead was short lived as the Indians quickly responded in the fifth, when a Asdrubal Cabrera single scored Lonnie Chisenhall.
Cleveland took the lead in the sixth, when a single from Ryan Raburn scored Yan Gomes. An error by Leonys Martin allowed Chisenhall to advance to third, and then score on a sac-fly from David Murphy.
A double from Adrian Beltre was followed by a RBI triple from Rios, giving the Rangers an additional run in the sixth. It was the league leading seventh triple for Rios.
It was a relatively decent start for Joe Saunders, who gave up only two earned runs, but only pitched 5.1 innings. Though Saunders was able to keep the runs scored to a minimum, the Rangers offense struggled to produce, and the two runs, plus one unearned run, were too many.
“You just have to go out there and throw up zeros” said Saunders. “One pitch at a time, one hitter at a time, you can’t focus on things you can’t control.”
As the disabled list continues to grow, the win column stays the same. With all of the obstacles the Rangers have been presented with this season, it seems like it’d be easy to give up and just try to not get hurt. Rios however, believes that regardless of the situation it’s important to play your hardest.
“It’s tough, but the only way you can fix it is to keep going” said Rios. “If you quit, it’s going to be a long season, so you might as well just keep playing hard and do what you have to do.”
The injury bug bit again as Rougned Odor left the game in the fifth, after injuring his shoulder diving into first base. Odor has a sprained right shoulder and is listed as day to day, and will undergo further examination on Monday.
Nick Martinez hits the mound Monday for the final game of the series against the Indians. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.