Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Texas Rangers are a team making a push for another postseason run, and Sunday at Progressive Field they took out their frustration after a one-run loss on Saturday at Zach McAllister and the Indians.
The Rangers beat up McAllister for 7 runs in five innings, including four homers as the Rangers took two of three from the Indians after an 8-3 win.
Texas hammered McAllister (5-6) for three of the four homers in the 5th, with Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre going deep back to back for the 3rd time in 2012.
After he got Nelson Cruz to fly out, David Murphy hit his 13th homer of the season to put the Rangers up 7-2.
McAllister’s rough stretch has seen him go from a 3.18 ERA the night he went up against Justin Verlander on July 26th to now 4.26. He’s allowed 33 runs in 36 innings, and has allowed 9 homers since that game vs Detroit.
The loss puts the Indians at 56-78 on the season, and quickly puts the bed the good feelings after Saturday’s 4-3 win over Texas.
The team is now 32-37 at home, 5-12 in their last 17 games at Progressive Field as the team has collapsed this season.
The Indians first two runs came in the 3rd when Carlos Santana, who continues to be one of the few second half bright spots, hit his 14th homer of the year off Derek Holland (10-6).
The Tribe lineup featured three of their recent callups (Russ Canzler, Thomas Neal, Matt LaPorta), and the last six batters in the order entered the game with a combined 4 homers and 22 RBI.
Holland has still never lost to the Indians, and Sunday went 7 innings allowing two runs on 7 hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Rangers got to McAllister for four in the 3rd inning to take a 4-0 lead. Rookie Jurickson Profar in his first MLB at-bat hammered a homer to right to make it 1-0.
It seemed to rattle McAllister, who then allowed the Rangers to nearly bat around in the order and add three more runs.
Cruz punched a ground rule double to right-center to bring home Michael Young who had singled to make it 2-0. Then Murphy hit a single that scored Hamilton and Cruz to get it to 4-0.
Texas hit back to back homers for the 8th time in 2012 after the Indians got it to 4-2 in the 5th inning to make it 6-2, and then Murphy’s solo shot made it 7-2.
The Rangers added a run off reliever Frank Herrmann in the 8th on a Young double that scored Elvis Andrus.
The Indians final run came off the bat of Neal, who doubled for his first MLB hit, it scored Santana to make it an 8-3 game.
The Indians went 2-8 on the 10-game trip, and now will head to the road for 10 in a row, starting Monday afternoon in Detroit.
Corey Kluber will get the first shot against the Tigers Monday at 1:05pm, he will take on Anibal Sanchez (7-11, 4.24).