The Texas Rangers’ beleaguered bullpen worked four scoreless innings Sunday in relief of Nick Martinez, and Mitch Moreland went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer in a 5-1 victory that fended off a three-game sweep by the Cleveland Indians.
Ross Ohlendorf, Tanner Scheppers and Shawn Tolleson finished up after Martinez allowed one run in five innings. But he needed 103 pitches after allowing five hits, five walks and a hit batsman.
Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre also drove in runs for the Rangers, who went 3-4 on their homestand. They are scheduled to leave Monday for Boston to open a nine-game three-city road trip Tuesday.
Pitching: Nick Martinez was wildly effective in five innings, allowing only one run despite 11 base runners on five hits, five walks and a hit batter. His last pitch was one of his best, a called third strike to Michael Bourn with the bases loaded in a 2-1 game. … Ross Ohlendorf had an easy sixth inning in his Rangers debut. … Tanner Scheppers looked like he did in 2013, working two perfect innings in the sixth and seventh on just 19 pitches. … Shawn Tolleson worked the ninth, and had been warming when it was still a save situation.
Hitting: Mitch Moreland did the bulk of the damage, collecting a second-inning double that missed being a homer by an inch and sixth-inning two-run homer that cleared the wall in left-center by a few inches. … The first of two bloop singles by Prince Fielder drove in the Rangers’ second run. … The first run scored on an errant throw back to the infield after Moreland’s double.
Notable: Ohlendorf and Scheppers were promoted from Triple A Round Rock before the game. Ohlendorf pitched in a big-league game for the first time since 2013.
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