Nick Tepesch lost his second straight start as the Rangers fell 8-3 to the Cleveland Indians.
The Rangers got on the board first, when back-to-back singles from Leonys Martin and Luis Sardinas put runners on the corners for the top of the lineup. A sac-fly from Elvis Andrus scored Martin, and the Rangers got their first run.
Cleveland responded in similar fashion in the fourth, with back-to-back singles from Jason Kipness and Lonnie Chisenhall, and Kipnis being brought home off a David Murphy sac-fly.
Yan Gomes hit a three-run blast off Nick Tepesch in the sixth to give the Indians the lead. Later that inning, Andrus extended his hitting streak with a single, scored on an Adrian Beltre double, and then Beltre scored on a wild pitch, narrowing the Indians lead to 4-3.
“I thought Tepesch did a good job” said manager Ron Washington. “Except the curveball he tried to throw to Gomes, where he got it out. He got us through six innings, so that’s pretty good for me.”
The Indians ran away with it in the seventh, scoring a combined four runs off Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers, including a two-run homer for Carlos Santana. The Rangers were never able to bounce back from the five-run deficit.
“It was a pivotal inning” said Washington. “I think you have to give those hitters credit for fighting off pitches, and finding holes. There’s nothing you can do about that.”
One positive note, Andrus became the sole record holder of second longest streak against one team with a single in the sixth. Elvis now has a 39 game hitting streak against the Cleveland Indians.
Joe Saunders takes the mound Sunday for game three against the Tribe. Game time is slated for 2:05 p.m. CT.