Last night was a weird one.
Texas reliever Tanner Scheppers (0-1) gave up three runs without retiring a batter in the sixth inning to take the loss. He is averaging 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, but he also is averaging almost five walks per nine innings. He threw 92 pitches in the outing (48 for strikes).
Carlos Carrasco entered the game having won his last three starts, but he ended up responsible for eight runs on six hits in just three innings of work.
After getting activated off the disabled list prior to the game, Brandon Guyer proved just how much he means to the offense, especially against left-handed pitchers. The Indians aren't likely to lose four straight at home and they get to face Hamels, who could be rusty in his first start in two months.
Four doubles in the seventh frame helped chip in another three runs, all of which came off the bats of Santana, Perez and Zimmer.
"That's one game that absolutely doesn't feel good", Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.
Dan Otero could not silence the opposition at the plate, allowing a home run to Andrus, his second of the game and second career multi-homer performance (9/24/2016).
With Washington down 5-3, Bryce Harper's single loaded the bases with two outs. "I think coming off the type of series we just came off of, any win would be a good win".
Lost amidst the offensive explosion was a sparkling effort from the bullpen, which took over for Carrasco in the fourth and allowed only two hits and two walks, while striking out eight over the final five innings. His replacement, Dario Alvarez, promptly walked in a run and proceeded to let all of his inherited runners score. "Our pitching kind of hindered us a little bit early in the game, but we came back and tried to keep it as close as we could". Texas jumped a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, only for Cleveland to make it 4-1 in the bottom. Beltre had a three-run homer during a four-run first, and Gallo added a solo shot for his 20th of the season.
Indians: OF Austin Jackson (left quad tightness) had tests Monday.