Rangers lose opener as pitchers struggle late

Closer Sam Dyson came in to the game in the top of the 9th, looking at a 5-5 tie.  He left the mound with a loss.
 
The Texas Rangers opened their 2017 season with a 8-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians, as Dyson gave up three runs in the ninth inning. The Rangers had already squandered an earlier 5-1 lead, delivered by two Rougned Odor home runs and a Carlos Gomez dinger.
 
Yu Darvish was solid for the first three innings, allowing just one run on a bizarre double play that allowed a run as Abraham Almonte scored before the Rangers doubled off Carlos Santana at second base.
 
Jose Ramirez's two run homer in the 4th was the first significant damage done to Darvish, as the Rangers 5-1 lead was trimmed to two runs.  Darvish finished with 6.1 innings pitched, a quartet of hits, runs and earned runs, five walks, and four strikeouts on 97 pitches.
 
Matt Bush relieved Darvish in the 7th, and gave up the game-tying home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the 8th.  The former Toronto Blue Jay, making his Indians debut, is not exactly popular in North Texas. But he sure is productive.
 
But it was Dyson who was the culprit late. 0.2 innings, four hits allowed, and three runs. You could argue the game was over before the Rangers could even get to the plate in the bottom of the 9th.
 
Texas starts the year 0-1, and will send Martin Perez to the mound tomorrow in Game 2 of 162, against the Indians' Carlos Carrasco.

© 2017 WFAA-TV


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