Final Score: Cleveland 1, Texas 0
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Justin Masterson pitched into the eighth
inning as the Cleveland Indians took a 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers in the
second of a three-game series.
Masterson (12-7) won his second straight start as he gave up five hits and a
walk with eight strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. Michael Bourn's home run
accounted for the only run of the game to help the Indians win a third
"Any time you pitch a game like that it's a humbling experience because there
were a lot of groundballs and the guys behind me made a lot of nice plays
tonight," said Masterson.
Yu Darvish (9-5) was the hard-luck loser as he was charged for just the one
run on three hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts over six innings. Engel
Beltre had two of the five hits for the Rangers, who have dropped eight of
their last 10.
"After that home run they just couldn't hit him," said Texas manager Ron
Washington about Darvish. "He was controlling the game, but we just couldn't
do much at the plate."
The only run of this game came on the second pitch of Cleveland's first at-bat
as Bourn drilled a 1-0 cutter over the right field wall for his fourth home
run of the season.
Masterson's toughest inning was the fifth as Geovany Soto singled with one
out, Ian Kinsler was hit by a pitch two batters later, and Beltre singled to
load the bases. Nelson Cruz, though, hit a grounder to short for the forceout
After setting the Rangers down in order in the sixth and seventh, Masterson
got the first two outs of the eighth before stepping aside after Cruz singled.
Joe Smith, though, got Adrian Beltre to fly out and Chris Perez pitched a
1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save of the season.
It was the 13th shutout of the season for the Indians ... Cleveland has won
four of the five games against Texas this season ... The Rangers have been
blanked seven times this year.
07/27 23:42:25 ET
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