The Rangers won their sixth consecutive game and Josh Hamilton made his 2015 debut against the Cleveland Indians Monday at Progressive Field. Texas got home runs from Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus to beat the Indians in the series opener 10-8.
Pitching: Phil Klein struggled in his second start with the Rangers, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits and two walks in just two innings. After allowing a single and double with no outs in the third, he was replaced by Alex Claudio. Claudio settled down and threw a career-high 3 1/3 innings, holding the Indians to one run on two hits and four walks. Tanner Scheppers and Sam Freeman combined on 2 2/3 hitless innings of relief before Shawn Tolleson came in for the save in the ninth.
Hitting: Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre had back-to-back homers in the first and Elvis Andrus had a solo homer in the eighth to lead the offense. Fielder and Andrus also each had doubles. Fielder was 3 for 5 with three RBI. Andrus was 2 for 4 with three RBI. Hamilton was 0 for 3 with a walk. He also reached on a throwing error in the seventh in which the Rangers took a 9-8 lead. The seventh began with Delino DeShields reaching on a single and moving to second on a throwing error by the pitcher on a pick-off attempt. DeShields moved to third on Shin-Soo Choo’s groundout and scored when Fielder singled through the left side, busting the shift and tying the game at 8-8.
Notable: Josh Hamilton started in left and batted fifth in the lineup in his first game back with the Rangers. Hamilton’s last at-bat for Texas Oct. 3, 2012. He was later signed by the Angels before the 2013 season. Hamilton was traded back to Texas in April.
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