The Texas Rangers opened and closed a nine-game road trip with losses but won seven consecutive games in between. They’ll take three series road wins despite finishing the trip with a 12-1 thud against the Indians on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field. Texas (23-24) opens a series against the Boston Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Colby Lewis was blown up for 10 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits in just 2 2/3 innings as the Indians batted around in the third. Cleveland had seven hits in the inning, including a three-run homer by Michael Brantley. Anthony Bass got mop-up duty and pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Jon Edwards, who was called up before the game, pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts.
Hitting: Robinson Chirino’s solo homer in the fifth got the Rangers on the board. Texas had just five hits. Adrian Beltre doubled to start the second and moved to third on a wild pitch but was stranded. The Rangers had the lead-off man aboard in five of the first seven innings but never took advantage. Leonys Martin’s two-run homer in the ninth made it 12-3.
Notable: The last time Texas allowed at least eight runs in an inning was Sept. 18, 2012 against Angels. Elvis Andrus’ 27-game hit streak at Cleveland’s Progressive Field was snapped after he was pulled in the sixth inning. He struck out in his two at-bats before getting a rest ... Delino DeShields moved to second base from center field in the sixth for the first time in the major leagues. DeShields cleanly fielded the two balls to hit, including one to his left that he had to move for. He also made a stop and throw to second for a force out, but shortstop Tommy Field didn’t have time to finish the double play. Both DeShields’ throws were swift and accurate.
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