Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers
Tip-off: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
- Cleveland: Jimenez (4-4, 5.03 ERA)
- Texas: Tepesch (3-5, 3.92 ERA)
The Cleveland Indians finally got some help from their starting pitchers. The club would like to keep things going the right way tonight with starter Ubaldo Jimenez when they meet the Texas Rangers.
Corey Kluber pitched on Tuesday, firing eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-2 win, snapping the Indians’ eight-game slide as well as a 12-game road losing streak. This team’s starters posted a 7.59 ERA during the eight-game skid.
Mark Reynolds went 2 for 4 with the go-ahead RBI single in the fourth, while Nick Swisher drove in a run. Swisher, 32, had been hitless in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position over his last 10 games, but has hit safely in 17 of 18 versus Texas (38-26) with 14 RBIs.
For a second straight victory, the Indians (31-33) will need Jimenez (4-4, 5.03 ERA) to recover from a rocky start versus the Detroit Tigers on Friday. The right-hander needed 85 pitches to get through three-plus innings — his second-shortest start of 2014 – while getting charged with five runs, seven hits and three walks in a 7-5 defeat.
The Dominican Republic native had been 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA over his last seven starts.
Texas will be sending Nick Tepesch (3-5, 3.92) to the mound. The righty limited the Toronto Blue Jays to one run for five innings on Friday, then gave up four in the sixth as well as another in the seventh, leading to a 6-1 loss. The six earned runs were a season high for the 24 year-old.