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The Texas Rangers Lose 17-7 at the Hands of the Cleveland Indians

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The Texas Rangers pitching staff struggled on Monday as they gave up more runs than they have all season in their 17-7 loss.  Nick Martinez got the start for Texas, but he would run into trouble before he could get out of the second inning.  By the time Martinez exited after just two innings of work, he’d given up six hits, eight runs, all earned, and three walks with just one strikeout.  Lonnie Chisenhall, who eventually went 5-for-5 with a career-high three home runs and nine RBIs to tie the Indians’ all-time RBI record, had hit his first of the three homers and racked up three of the nine RBIs.

“Nick just couldn’t command his fastball tonight,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said.  “When he did throw it over the plate, they hit it.  At least he found his breaking ball and changeup.  They just came out and swung the bat, no matter what we put out there.”

The bullpen struggled a reliever Scott Baker also had a rough outing on Monday night.  he went five innings in relief giving up nine runs on eleven hits as his ERA now sits at 7.62 for the season.  “The job of a long man, especially tonight, is to at least kind of keep the game where it was and allow the team to go out and score some runs, which we did, but I didn’t quite do that tonight,” Baker said.  “I don’t care about numbers.  It’s just about giving our team the innings that they need and keeping the game where it was.”

Texas will get back in action today as they start a two game mid-week series against the Miami Marlins.  First pitch for that game is set for 7:05pm from Globe Life Park in Arlington and can be seen on FOX Sports SW.

 

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