Reporting Matt Loede
GOODYEAR, AZ (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians five-game spring winning streak was stopped in Goodyear Sunday, as the Texas Rangers came to town and topped the Tribe 7-6.
The story was Brett Myers, who is slated as the number three man in the Indians rotation. Myers allowed five runs, four earned, in 3.2 innings.
Terry Francona said that Myers had a tremendous breaking ball, and Myers said his arm got tired in that last inning when the Rangers hit him for all five runs.
“I felt good, the arm got fatigued out there in the last inning, was dragging,” Myers said. “The pitches were not as crisp, something to build on.”
Ranger Craig Gentry hit a two-run homer in the big Rangers fifth inning that put them up 5-2.
Before that the Tribe went up 2-0 when reserve infielder Luis Hernandez slammed a two-run double to center after walks to Ryan Raburn and Ezekiel Carrera to start the frame.
The Indians had 11 hits in the contest, with Hernandez collecting two and Drew Stubbs also with two including an RBI triple that made it 5-3 in the 4th that scored Chris McGuiness.
The Tribe tied it at 5 in the fifth when reserve Mike McDade singled in a run, and Hernandez came through with another run scoring hit to tie it.
Texas scored two in the top of the 6th on a single and a ground out to make it a 7-5 game. McDade hit a ground out to draw the Indians within one at 7-6 in the 8th, but they would get no closer.
Fernando Nieve, Carlos Carrasco and Rich Hill also pitched for the Tribe. Carrasco allowed two runs on four hits to suffer the loss.
The Indians are in Goodyear to host the Angels on Monday at 4:05pm. Scott Kazmir goes for the Indians against Jared Weaver for the Angels.