Texas Rangers Storm Back to Beat Indians in 11
Ubaldo Jimenez made his much anticipated debut for the Cleveland Indians Friday night after being acquired at
the trade deadline from Colorado, but one of the American Leagues top scoring offenses made sure to deny the All-Star his first win with his new team.
Jimenez pitched five-plus innings in his first start since he was acquired from Colorado on July 31. He was charged with five runs and seven hits, but was in line for the victory until the Rangers rallied with two outs in the ninth.
Hamilton singled of Indians closer Chris Perez before Michael Young drove a 2-0 pitch over the wall in center for a tying two-run homer. It was Perez’s third blown save in his last 25 chances.
Texas starting pitcher Derek Holland was coming off his third shutout in his last five starts, but he just couldn’t seem to locate his pitches finding himself in trouble early and often.
Holland surrender consecutive first-inning singles to Jason Kipnis and A. Cabrera before C. Santana drove a 3-2 pitch into the right field seats for his 17th homer of the season. Holland allowed six runs, four earned, and five hits in just 1 2/3 innings of work. It was his shortest outing since he recorded just two outs against Florida on July 2nd.
However, the drama and flair that is Texas Rangers baseball came in the 11th inning after shortstop Elvis Andrus sparked the game-ending rally with a two-out bunt single, before advancing to second on a wild pitch.
Josh Hamilton then approached the plate with a man on second and two outs and was able to just get a piece of the ball hitting an infield chopper to the short stop, but Hamilton was able to beat Carera’s throw to first with a head first slide. Meanwhile Andrus never stopped after rounding third base and made it home before Indian’s first baseman Matt LaPorta even knew what hit him.
With the win the Rangers approved to 63-50, still just one game ahead of the second place Los Angeles Angels.