Arlington, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Indians’ starter Justin Masterson tossed 5 2/3 strong frames and the bullpen held the Texas Rangers scoreless the rest of the way en route to a 3-2 win Sunday in the third game of a four-game set at Globe Life Park.
Masterson (4-4) allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts while Marc Rzepczynski and Brian Shaw pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief before Cody Allen sealed the win with a scoreless ninth for his sixth save of the season.
The Indians (32-31) climbed above .500 for the first time since April 9 after winning eight of their last nine games.
Joe Saunders (0-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up three runs – two earned– on seven hits with four walks as the Rangers dropped to 31-32 after a second straight loss.
Aside from the game, the Rangers lost second baseman Rougned Odor in the fifth fifth inning with a right shoulder sprain and is listed as day to day.
After hitting a leadoff single in the fifth, Odor hurt his shoulder as he attempted to slide back into first on a throw from catcher Yan Gomes. He will undergo further examination on Monday.
In the fourth, Adrian Beltre ended Masterson’s no-hit run at 12 batters with an infield single. Alex Rios followed with a single to left and Chris Gimenez drew a walk.
After Masterson got the second out, he gave up a wild pitch that allowed Rios to score from third base to hand the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Cleveland’s offense countered against Saunders in the fifth inning, when Lonnie Chisenhall singled up the middle and later came around to score on a base hit from Cabrera.
In the sixth, Saunders walked Gomes and allowed another single to Chisenhall, convincing Rangers manager Ron Washington to turn to his bullpen.
Texas righty Shawn Tolleson watched Ryan Raburn rip his first pitch up the middle for a run-scoring single that pushed Cleveland to a 2-1 advantage.
David Murphy capitalized on the miscue with a sacrifice fly, scoring Chisenhall and giving Cleveland a 3-1 lead.
In the sixth, Rios crushed a pitch from Masterson to center, where the ball caromed off the wall for an RBI triple that trimmed the Tribe’s lead to one run.